JLBC Wants Police to be Construction Investigators

The Mesa Police Association (MPA) is encouraging the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to reconsider the decision to make Arizona Registrar of Contractor’s (ROC) solely a licensing agency.  This decision will in turn have law enforcement officers responding to civil matter calls (like abandonment of a construction job, no payment, etc.) and in turn cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.


“The ROC is a self-supported 90/10 agency and does not use taxpayer dollars to fund its operations,” said Sgt. Fabian Cota, President of the Mesa Police Association.  “Why would legislators feel that diverting this cost to municipalities is justified?”


“It seems that the ROC investigators and inspectors are specialized at what they do,” added Cota. “Taking on this responsibility would mean we would have to train officers how to write the proper paper work and handle these situations.”


Founded in 1989, the MPA’s mission is to promote the positive role of Law Enforcement Professionals, and to protect and secure rights and benefits for our members through effective representation with local, state, and national governments.  The organization is currently the largest association representing active Mesa Police Officers.