About Us

We Are Governed By the Membership of the MPA

When the MPA was started in 1989, the intent of the organization was to fill a void that existed in regards to labor relations between Police Officers and the administrations of the Department and the City. An un-proportional gap was present between the pay and benefits of Mesa officers and that of other local departments. The MPA was created to pursue better wages, benefits and working conditions.

It is just as important today as it was then, that the MPA not be limited by the agenda of any state or national organization. To that end, the MPA developed lateral partnerships and affiliations with other police labor organizations. Some of those relationships are with Associations that represent local departments, some are nationwide. As a result, we have affiliations at the local, state and national levels.

The Arizona Police Association (APA) is a coalition of police organizations that represent city police officers, deputy sheriffs, state police, and federal law enforcement officers working in Arizona. The purpose of the APA is to promote the interests of Arizona law enforcement officers before the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the United States government and the State of Arizona, county boards of supervisors, city and town councils, state, county and local police departments, employment relations boards, merit system councils or personnel boards, and the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZPOST) board. APA operates before any governmental body or court that impacts officers’ wages, benefits or working conditions.

The APA provides its members with an affordable comprehensive legal plan that gives working law enforcement officers personal job protection in civil, administrative, and criminal defense matters. APA’s legal plan has no equal in Arizona. Services include professional labor-relations and negotiations assistance, grievance handling, leadership development, and training for leaders and representatives of member organizations. APA’s political expertise is unmatched in the state, whether it is local or state elections, initiatives, or lobbying.

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of law enforcement unions and associations from across the United States that serves to advance the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. Based in Washington, DC, NAPO fights for the rights of law enforcement officers through federal legislation, legal advocacy and education.

Founded in 1978, NAPO is now the strongest unified voice supporting law enforcement officers in the United States. NAPO represents more than 4,000 police unions and associations, 225,000 sworn law enforcement officers, 11,000 retired officers and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.

Unparalleled Legal Coverage

MPA Legal Plan

One of the most important elements of your membership in the Mesa Police Association is the one we hope you will never need to use: Legal Coverage. The MPA’s Legal Plan provides you with 100% coverage for Administrative, Criminal and Civil issues. There are no extra costs or charges for this benefit. Through the MPA Legal Plan, member officers are guaranteed to have an attorney available when you need one, 24 hours a day. You are also guaranteed INDIVIDUAL representation. The MPA Legal Plan thoroughly covers its members with a two-tiered representation program.

The First tier of legal protection comes from the law firm of Napier, Abdo, Coury, Baillie, PC. Mr. Napier has nearly 30 years experience in working directly with law enforcement associations. The law firm works with members of the Arizona Police Association.

The Second tier of legal protection in the MPA Legal Plan is access to the Legal Defense Fund (LDF). The LDF was established 20 years ago to provide legal representation for officers facing criminal or civil actions arising from acts or omissions occurring within the scope of their employment. In 1997, the Arizona Police Association secured the services of the LDF to protect their members through the services of a panel criminal and civil defense specialists. The Legal Defense Fund has access to cash reserves in excess of $4 million dollars specifically for legal protection of individual officers with no caps on benefits. Whatever a covered incident costs will be paid by the fund. In addition, the LDF has a time proven record of excellence in providing legal defense and it is managed by peace officers for peace officers.

There are several advantages to having a tiered approach to your legal coverage:

  • Advantage of having more than one attorney or law firm at your service
  • Guaranteed not to have a conflict of interest in cases involving more than one officer
  • Guaranteed to have an attorney available when you need one
  • Guaranteed INDIVIDUAL representation
  • Guaranteed 100% coverage for any case relating to the scope of employment
  • Discount attorney representation for criminal or civil matters not related to the scope of employment

Why do I need the legal protection?

The fact is we live in a litigious society. The number of criminal prosecutions and civil suits filed against officers in both state and federal courts increases every year – and the cost to you to defend yourself can be financially devastating. A simple criminal or civil defense case can easily cost $50,000. Your legal coverage through MPA will cover you 100% against this potential financial disaster. It will cost you nothing to use the MPA attorneys to defend yourself against a criminal charge or civil lawsuit arising out your scope of employment. As an MPA member, the cost of your representation will be 100% covered under the MPA benefits – all the way through a trial, if required. There are no extra or out-of-pocket costs.

How will the MPA come to my aid?

If you ever become aware that you are the focus of either a criminal investigation or a civil suit (arising from any issue while acting within the scope of your employment), you simply contact your MPA District Representative, Board Member, or the MPA Attorneys directly and they will arrange for your legal representation.

Won’t the City of Mesa protect me in criminal or civil suits?

In some cases, the City may provide you with an attorney and agree to pay all damages, including punitive damages. If so, the LDF will provide an experienced attorney to monitor your case and be available to answer any questions about the case, review the pleadings and discovery, watch for conflicts between you and your employer and watch for any signs of inadequate representation. In other cases, the City may not provide you with your own attorney, and may not personally indemnify you. If this should ever occur, you can count on the LDF to be there for you.

Why is it important to have ‘individual representation’ if I’m sued at the same time as a fellow officer?

More often than not, multiple officers are involved in critical incidents, and each officer is included in the investigations that follow. If a conflict arises in the coverage of multiple members, each member will receive separate council. As a member of the Mesa Police Association, you will always enjoy the peace of mind that comes from being backed by the strength of more than 53,000 Legal Defense Fund Members. Remember this: Even if you never do anything wrong, unfounded accusations may be made requiring legal representation.

What are my specific legal benefits as a member of the Mesa Police Association?

  • 100% coverage for Disciplinary Hearing for members on or off-duty
  • Unlimited coverage for disciplinary matters
  • 100% coverage for Criminal Defense Cases (job related matters)
  • Unlimited coverage for members
  • 100% coverage for Civil Defense Cases (job related matters)
  • Unlimited coverage for member, spouse and dependent children
  • Free Office Visits as needed and Unlimited phone consultations on any matter
  • Unlimited coverage for member, spouse and dependent children
  • 100% coverage for Motor Vehicle Representation
  • Unlimited defense on moving violations for member (except DUI and drug matters)
  • Personal response to critical incidents by APA attorney and MPA representative
  • Free Will for member and any member of the family
  • Personal Injury Recovery
  • 25% contingency fee for member AND any family member
  • Property Damage Recovery
  • Five (5) free hours of representation
  • Estate Representation
  • Free probate of estate of any member killed in the line of duty and accidental off-duty death
  • Other Legal Services are discounted to $80/hour or 25% contingency fee
  • For matter the firm would normally accept
  • Class Action and Employment Litigation
  • At the Direction of the MPA Board (All police officers)

The Mesa Police Association provides the most experienced attorneys and the most extensive legal coverage. The law office of Michael Napier has represented police officers since 1975.