Mesa Police Face Massive Budget Cuts for 3rd Year

MPA continues to work with administration on revenue generating ideas and suggestions from members on how to cope with the current budget reduction request. It is our hopes that the council and citizens of Mesa approve a dedicated public safety assessment in order to provide to government’s core responsibility. We will continue to speak out to our citizens and let them know we need their help.

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MESA, AZ — The frontline officers from the Mesa Police Association (MPA) have gradually received word of projected budget cuts for their department.

City officials formally announced Thursday that their department is looking at a $6.4 million cut that would include lay-offs, rehiring and eliminating resources.

President Fabian Cota of the Mesa Police Association says, “We have already cut so much from our department that officers feel like we are already in dire straits.”

In a Mesa City Council study session Thursday, city officials recognized that the police department is looking at eliminating 17 civilian jobs, reorganization of the department, hiring and then rehiring officers under the C.O.P.P.S. grant in order to abide by the grant’s rules, and the elimination of other valuable resources.

“Our department took a $12.6 million cut last year with the hopes that the city would not come back and ask for more substantial cuts,” adds Cota. “We worry that the public and officers will be at risk with this continued deficit.”

The Mesa Police Department is about 400 officers short of the national average, and many patrol officers are not able to respond to calls for service immediately.

“If Prop 100 does not pass, we additionally are looking at losing millions of dollars from state-shared revenue that will in turn mean further cuts to the department,” Cota says.

The Mesa Police Association’s mission is to promote the positive role of Law Enforcement Professionals, and to protect and secure rights and benefits for its members through effective representation with local, state, and national governments.

The organization is currently the largest association representing active Mesa Police Officers.