Mesa Police Department (MPD) officers have announced that they are considering whether to release data about how many of their officers are on medical insurance.
Mesa police department 56 officers were surveyed last year by the MHS, and a large portion of those respondents indicated that they would be willing to reveal their health insurance information in exchange for not being publicly identified.
Mesa Police Chief Gary Pardo has confirmed that the department has begun a process to release information to the public about the numbers of officers on medical coverage, but the department says that it will not release data until they are confident that it is safe for the public to do so.
“This information will be made available only to the department as required by the law, which is the public’s right,” MHS spokesperson Stephanie Smith said in a statement.
“I would also remind you that we are not able to release the information for medical reasons.
The department will only release this information when we are confident the data will not be used to harm the public.
We also ask you to do the same for your neighbors, if you know any that are on the list.”
According to the MHP survey, the department’s median age is 39, and officers are almost exclusively white and Hispanic.
About 1 in 7 officers is female.
In the same survey, about 10% of officers said they were on Medicare, which covers the costs of medical care.MHS Chief Pardo says the department will not disclose the numbers that it has released, including officers’ gender, race, age, and race/ethnicity.MESA Police Department 56 officers are among the 10% who responded to the survey.
The department’s Chief Pardone says the information will only be released to the police chief if the department receives “a guarantee that it does not pose a threat to the community.”
In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the MESA Police Department said that they do not believe that releasing the data would pose a danger to the citizens of the city.
“We are not aware of any instances of any of our officers in the community being charged with or arrested for anything.
However, we are working with our state and local agencies to address this issue and we will be releasing this information as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.MESA Police Chief Pardsone said that while the department is still in the process of collecting the information, they are taking the information seriously and are making sure to be aware of all the risks associated with the information.