Americans today are experiencing historic lows in crime and those living in Arizona and Maricopa County even more so. In fact, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report reveals that Arizona’s crime rates are at 45 – 50 year lows, with all-time lows in our murder, burglary and motor vehicle theft rates. […]

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released a report on completion of a Pilot Cities Project, in which the City of Mesa was selected to participate. The project, Intelligence-Led Community Policing, Community Prosecution, and Community Partnerships (IL3CP), employed innovative techniques to combat crime and […]

Proponents of legalizing drugs like to roll out the moldy old chestnut that “The War on Drugs has failed,” thereby undermining our nation’s strategy to deal with substance abuse. It’s a trite and misleading way to attack our nation’s drug enforcement policy and ignore its actual impact.  The war metaphor […]

Law enforcement officers perform the vital job of enforcing state, county, municipal and federal laws. The enforcement of these laws does bring peace officers into direct conflict with subjects that may be armed and dangerous. When legally justified, peace officers are permitted to use lethal force. The use of deadly […]

Despite the persistent drop in crime rates nationwide, a majority of Americans still believe that crime is higher than it was a year ago. According to a recent Gallup poll, 63 percent of those surveyed believed crime is on the rise even though government statistics show serious crime has decreased […]