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Mesquite Police Chief Charles Cato announces departure
Mesquite, TX - March 26, 2021 - 5 p.m. - Charles Cato has announced that today was his last day as the City of Mesquite’s Police Chief. The city will begin a national search for a replacement and Assistant Police Chief David Faaborg will serve as Interim Police Chief.
Cato, sworn in as Mesquite’s 11th Police Chief on March 7, 2016, said, “I have served the Mesquite Police Department and the Mesquite community we protect with every fiber of my being for the past five years. It is time for me to move forward to the next chapter of my professional and personal life. I want to thank all the men and women of the department for their commitment, the City Council for their support and the City Manager for providing me the incredible privilege to serve as the Police Chief.”
In 2019, Cato was presented the Patriot Award by One Community for displaying ongoing engagement in building bridges of trust between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they serve. He directed many new Mesquite Police Department (MPD) initiatives:
From 2016 - 2020, Mesquite saw nearly a 13% decline in overall crime based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program. In 2021, Mesquite and other communities moved to the FBI’s new National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The February 2021 NIBRS statistics showed drops in Mesquite crime rates for a variety of offenses compared to 2020, including breaking and entering by 23%, shoplifting by 63%, and thefts from motor vehicles by 18%. Additionally, MPD’s “Take Lock Hide” public education program has helped reduced thefts from vehicles left unlocked from 48% in 2020 down to the current rate of 36%.
Cato was also active in the Mesquite community. He served as a big brother at a local elementary school through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dallas and was a regular participant in the annual Polar Plunge event to raise funds for Special Olympics of Texas. He was a frequent presenter at the community’s National Day of Prayer event and volunteered to assist homeowners with landscaping projects on Addressing Mesquite Day. Additionally, Cato supported ice cream socials and other Adults 50+ programs at the city’s senior centers. He is a member of the Mesquite Rotary Club.
Mesquite City Manager Cliff Keheley said, “Mesquite is a better community and safer city today because of Charlie Cato. Each day he displayed genuine interest in the people of Mesquite and the safety and well-being of the officers he led. One’s actions often define one’s character – and Charlie’s fair and ethical treatment of others and his unwavering professionalism was the embodiment of his extraordinary character as a person and police chief.”