MPA Leads Tasers New Technologies Other Organizations Follow

By Sgt. Fabian Cota

MPA as been working quite some time with Taser’s new product AXON and The benefits to frontline officers are endless in a world where video cameras are too accessible to onlookers and suspects. MPA is one of the first to study and endorse this product. It is essential leaders be up-to-date with products that can benefit the frontline.

Regardless what other organizations feel is “a bad idea” (see Arizona Republic Article here) the MPA is pursing grants to help fronline officers do their job. This has also been supported by the city council, Chief Gascon and Assistant Chief Mesa.  With the mere statistic that one in three officer involved shootings result from “Suicide by Cop” situations, Mesa cops do not need a repeat of the Madrigal case.

If you would like to attend Taser’s upcoming training, please contact a board member or email

Update (6/29/2009)

The MPA met with Taser at Harvard University earlier this year. MPA attended a two day Technology summit in Scottsdale in April 2009. MPA unequivocally support the use of Taser’s Axon and products for Mesa Police. MPA President Fabian Cota spent two days on Taser’s Police Advisory Board helping write suggested policies for law enforcement agencies who will be using this new technology.

MPA has already exclusively met with Mesa City Council, the Police Chief, Assistant Chiefs, and Command staff. They have already supported the video use for law enforcement concept that Taser and have to offer. MPA exclusively has obtained support for the use of these products to make your job easier.