The Mesa City Council is expected to decide tonight if it will authorize the creation of a new center aimed at better tracking gangs and criminal operations across city lines.
The council could ask City Manager Chris Brady to start an intergovernmental agreement between Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Scottsdale, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms for the creation of the East Valley Gang and Criminal Information Fusion Center.
The so-called fusion center would provide a place for participating agencies to feed their daily law enforcement activities into a central database. The pooled information would be gathered, organized and analyzed by staff at the center and would then be shared among agencies.
Officials believe the fusion center, which police want to add to the Mesa Police Department, would allow authorities to better track criminals throughout the East Valley.
The fusion center would be paid for by each participating agency and equipment costs through asset forfeiture funds.