As the national trend of violent crime continues to increase, the City of Mesa is not immune to the increase in violence.
Unfortunately, gun related violence, aggravated assaults, and homicides are also trending upward. Year to date City of
Mesa homicides are up 125% when compared to the first six months of last year. The Mesa Police Department is
committed to the safety of the community through proactive work with our residents, identifying crime trends through data
analysis, and increased officer presence where residents live, work, and play.
To help address the elevated level of violent crime in 2021, the Mesa Police Department has developed an initiative called
"Operation Summer Project 2021". This project aims to reduce violent crime through enforcement, education, and critical
analysis of victimology, repeat offenders, and environmental factors that contribute to the commission of violent crime.
Our Community Engagement Division and Commanders will be engaged in neighborhood outreach and special events to
bring us together as a community.
The goal of OSP 2021 is to suppress violent crime in the City of Mesa and improve the quality of life and safety for our
community. To maintain transparency in our community, we will share summary reports with results during the operational
Every day, a new focus area will be identified with concentrated enforcement efforts based on criminal intelligence
provided from crime analysts. This project is estimated to run from 60-90 days, starting the week of June 28, 2021.
A project of this magnitude requires team effort from several areas of the police department. We will be utilizing officers
from Patrol, Traffic, Aviation, Bikes, Gangs, Narcotics, Crisis Response Team, K-9 officers, and many more. Officers will
be focused on finding violent criminal probationers, top violent crime offenders, and known subjects with warrants in high
density violent crime areas.
By conducting concentrated police work and through a strong community partnership, we will reduce violent crime and
promote the safety and well-being of all residents in the City of Mesa.
If you have any information about violent crime, call the Mesa Police Department and 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness
at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S, 480-948-6377, or 480-T-E-S-T-I-G-O for Spanish speaking. Silent Witness pays up to $1000
for information leading to an arrest of indictment.
Contact: Detective Brandi George
Public Information Officer