Celebrating the holiday season with the traditional increase in higher-than-average call volumes can be challenging, but with our residents showing tremendous support of our winter programs, the members of the Mesquite Police Department truly enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.
We start off our holiday season by designing our float entry for the City’s annual Parade of Lights which invites friendly competition through a canned food drive. We absolutely love this event which provides a valuable service to those in need. Donations of newly-purchased canned food to support our cause would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made between now and December 5 at the police department building located at 695 Mayan Circle in Mesquite, Nevada.
We always look forward to December when residents and businesses who participate in Project Blue Light create a glow of blue throughout the month in our community. The department invites all who would like to participate to place a blue light or any expression of blue on your home or business in support of law enforcement, and in remembrance of those officers who have lost their lives in service to their communities. Feel free to send us a picture of your blue lights on Facebook Messenger at Mesquite NV Police or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The generosity of our community is evident in their support of our Shop with a Cop program that allows our officers to provide a bright Christmas for 60-80 elementary school children. Donations allow officers to spend one-on-one time building relationships with the students while spending the morning shopping for Christmas presents. We appreciate Elks Lodge #2811 and thank them for their annual participation in providing lunch for the officers and students as a way to wrap up the morning’s activities. Donations to the program are accepted through December 21, 2018 at the police department’s Mayan Circle location in Mesquite.
The Mesquite Police Department wishes your holiday season to be merry and bright. While no one expects unfortunate things to happen, they occasionally do. With that in mind Sargeant Quinn Averett offers the following holiday safety tips:
- While out shopping, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Try not to let your guard down because you are in a hurry.
- Remember not to set your wallet or purse inside of your shopping cart.
- When out shopping, take only the amount of cash you need for that trip.
- Leave most of your cash at home or in the bank.
Would-be thieves watch parking lots at shopping centers during the holidays. They watch for people who leave new merchandise in plain view inside their vehicle and then walk away without locking the doors. If you need to leave merchandise inside your vehicle while you continue shopping, lock the merchandise in a trunk, or hide it under other items so it is out of sight of people walking by. Try to park in a spot that is well-lit and is close to the store. The chances of your car being stolen or burglarized are reduced if you simply lock the doors and keep the windows up. Safeguarding your car and valuables can be summed up in three simple words: LOCK your car, TAKE your keys with you, and HIDE the valuables in your car.
We want our community to be informed in case of emergencies, such as flooding and prolonged police activity. The Mesquite Police Department has the ability to send out emergency alert text messages, and we would like to send then to you. Signing up is simple. Send a text to 888-777 and put in the message 89027. You will receive a return message acknowledging that you have signed up for emergency alerts. You will know when an emergency alert is from us when you see Mesquite PD as part of the message.
We count our partnership with the community as one of the reasons why the Mesquite Police Department received the Safest City designation from the state of Nevada.
As always, if you see something that does not feel right, say something. Our non-emergency line is available 24/7 at 702-346-6911.