According to the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report (UCR), when grouped with other cities with populations above 400,000, Mesa is one of the safest cities in the country. In that grouping of large cities, Mesa ranks 3rd in the nation.
“Among cities our size or larger, Mesa had the 3rd lowest Violent crime rate and 4th lowest Property crime rates,” Mesa police Sgt. Tony Landato said. “Mesa is experiencing historic lows in crime and by all accounts, 2013 will be lower than 2012.”
The 2012 crime rates for Mesa were the lowest that the city has seen in over 50 years.
Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead, who took over the department in 2010, said the partnerships and relationships his department has built with the community are part of the city’s success.
“With the trust and support of a community all things are possible. Without these, little can be accomplished,” he said. “We value greatly the strong relationship we enjoy with the citizens of Mesa and recognize that this success is as much theirs as it is ours.”
“The Mesa Police Department’s extensive use of intelligence led policing and predictive policing policies are just a few of the many reasons why Mesa is one of the safest cities in the United States,” said District 3 Councilman Dennis Kavanaugh, who is chair of the Council Public Safety Committee.