Mesa Police Association Graduates from Harvard Law School’s Top 50 Police Union Conference

The Mesa Police Association graduated from Harvard Law School’s 10th Annual Police Union Leadership Seminar with professional from the United States and Canada. The wide range of scholars and law enforcement professionals covered issues from the past, current and future for a full week in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The seminar also included a discussion with the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, who explained he and his staff will continue to be in discussion with Mesa regarding Maricopa County and law enforcement issues.


The think tank was able to suggest upcoming issues or discuss strategy to combat current issues law enforcement is facing.  Discussion also included officer safety issues posed by Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.  The also heard from the following people that gave expert classes on where crime and officer issues are going:


  1. Sheriff Leroy D. Baca – Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the largest department in the United States with a budget of $2.5 billion dollars.  He leads 18,000 employees and provides service to 40 incorporated cities, 90 unincorporated communities, nine community colleges and the rail system.
  2. Chief William Bratton – Chief of Police of Los Angeles since October 2002, who oversees the third largest police department in the United States, and is now driving initiatives in LA aimed at utilizing real-time information to further reduce crime targeting gang violence, and mitigate the threat posed by terrorism. 
  3. Professor Christopher Stone – Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice and faculty chair, whose work focuses on two distinct subjects: the improvement of criminal justice programs and the leadership and governance of nonprofit organizations.
  4. Constance L. Rice – Co-director of The Advancement Project, a police and legal action think tank dedicated to opportunity agenda that levels the playing field for the poor. 
  5. Brent Meyers & Mark Tyndale – Sacramento Police Officers that presented a class on racial profiling.
  6. Gary McLhinney – Attorney speaking on funds through Stimulus Package.  Requests cannot help with the demand of law enforcement professionals needed with the growing nation.
  7. Ron DeLord – Texas attorney and ex-police officer who gave class on “Developing Strategies and Tactics to Survive the Global Structural Changes Impacting the Police Profession in the 21st Century”.
  8. Glock & Taser – Showed new products and issues facing new technology.


For further information about the seminar and Mesa Police Association, please contact Stacey Dillon at (480) 225-4809 or log on to