Mesquite Police Department (Texas)

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Mesquite Police Department
AbbreviationMPD
Agency overview
Annual budget$33.8 million[1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionMesquite, Texas, USA
Size46.2 square miles (120 km2)
Population143,484 (2013)
General nature
HeadquartersMesquite, Texas

Officers327[1]
Agency executive
Website
Mesquite Police Department

The Mesquite Police Department is the local law enforcement agency of the city of Mesquite, Texas.

Overview[edit]

Headed by Chief Charlie Cato, the department divides the city into nine police districts. The department has four bureaus, each headed by a captain: Technical Services, Staff Support, Operations, and Criminal Investigations.[citation needed]

Misconduct[edit]

On March 3, 2011, Sergeant John David McAllister was arrested by FBI agents. McAllister, who headed the department’s narcotics unit was photographed stealing money he thought was from an arrest.[2] On June 20, 2011, he agreed to a plea bargain and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for having stolen $2,000.[3]

On August 31, 2012, an officer from nearby Garland, Texas, pursued a suspect into Mesquite, where he rammed his patrol car into the suspect’s truck, stopping it. The officer then fired 41 shots at the unarmed man, killing him. Press reports indicate Mesquite officers investigating the case seized a cellphone camera used by a witness to record the attempted arrest. When the camera was returned, the owner claimed the footage had been deleted.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mesquite Operating and Capital Budget, FY17-18". City of Mesquite. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. ^ FBI press release dated March 3, 2012, entitled “FBI Arrests Mesquite Polaice Department Narcotics Officer” retrieved on November 2, 2012
  3. ^ "FORMER MESQUITE POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR STEALING GOVERNMENT MONEY" (Press release). Department of Justice. June 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Witnesses to end of chase where Garland officer fired 41 shots say police deleted cellphone photos, video, by Selwyn Crawford and Travis Hudson, Dallas Morning News, September 11, 2012