We want to keep mesa safe.
The Police Chief has turned his back on the men and women of the force.
Since its inception, the Mesa Police Association had understood the importance of quality department leadership and strong labor representation and the role each plays in building a safe community.
And with more than 7 Mesa police chiefs in the last 15 years, we initially hoped the hiring of Chief Batista would bring much-needed stability to the top ranks of our department. In fact, the Mesa Police Association supported the hiring of Chief Batista in 2017. We agreed with his vision for the department and looked forward to helping him achieve his goals.
But instead of supporting officers, Chief Batista has repeatedly condemned and blamed officers for justified actions during their course of duty:
Chief Batista has fallen short. Anecdotally, there are numerous, high-profile examples. But we sought data to measure exactly how short.
Keep reading below to learn the results…
93% of respondents say morale has gotten worse over the past year
In early 2019, the MPA enlisted a national polling firm, Strategies 360, to assess the chief’s performance. They developed a questionnaire based on the chief’s stated mission and vision, and his most recent annual report. They used technological safeguards to ensure results were not manipulated. We shared the survey departmentwide and received 533 responses.
To put it mildly, the results were abysmal.
Eighty four percent of the respondents consider morale “poor.” And even more concerning, 93% of respondents say morale has gotten worse over the past year. In areas ranging from professionalism to basic leadership, the chief’s performance shows major shortcomings. Department sergeants, lieutenants, commanders and assistant chiefs were ranked considerably better.
It’s clear the problem is at the top.
We routed survey results to city leadership and explained that this situation is unacceptable and unsustainable. Sadly, instead of taking ownership of his failures and working with his department to improve, the Chief has questioned the MPA’s motives and our methodology.
Let’s be clear. We want to work for a successful police chief. We want morale to improve. We want to solve problems and foster a functional working relationship between department leadership and its officers.
The bottom line is that the men and women of this department deserve better. The residents of Mesa deserve better.
We implore city leaders to take action.
MESA NEEDS A POLICE CHIEF WHO CAN BE TRUSTED BY EVERYONE.
Contact the City Manager and Council and tell them to Keep Mesa Safe by supporting the Mesa Police Association’s Vote of No Confidence in Chief Batista.
Use the ‘Take Action’ form at the bottom of this page or email them directly:
- City Manager Christopher Brady: COMmanager@mesaaz.gov
- Mayor John Giles: email@example.com
- Councilmember Mark Freeman: District1@mesaaz.gov
- Councilmember Jeremy Whittaker: District2@mesaaz.gov
- Councilmember Francisco Heredia: District3@mesaaz.gov
- Councilmember Jenn Duff: District4@mesaaz.gov
- Councilmember David Luna: District5@mesaaz.gov
- Councilmember Kevin Thompson: District6@mesaaz.gov
As someone who travels all over the East Valley, I have seen the difference in response times between Gilbert and Mesa. Gilbert is much quicker, more responsive, and attempts to solve the crime and help the victim. Mesa PD has been stretched beyond their limits and it reflects in the service level. I was burglarized several times over the period of a year. The Mesa PD informed me at the time of report they did not have enough personnel to check and return items even if they were recovered. This is not sustainable for a city that is growing and requires a police force to maintain safe neighborhoods.
-Marty’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
As Mesa continues to grow we see symptoms of a city whose officers cannot return calls in a timely manner and deliver the same level of service as in previous years. Mesa PD are attempting to do more with less against a backdrop of increased trafficking, substance abuse, and violent crime. The city must prioritize public safety to stay ahead of grow and keep Mesa safe.
-Shanna Parker, CEO, Angels Go To Work
Mesa Police Association needs you to call your city council member and encourage them to support their Vote of No Confidence against Chief Batista.
Contact Mesa Councilmembers and the City Manager’s office today!
Please use the attached form to contact the Mesa City Council and City Manager and tell them to Keep Mesa Safe!
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