Chief Ramon Batista began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Tucson Police Department. He honorably rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the Assistant Chief until his appointment as Chief of Police for the Mesa Police Department in July of 2017.
During his committed service with the Tucson Police Department, he obtained a wide breadth of experience, starting with 11 years as a patrol officer, gaining valuable knowledge of police work on the road. He worked as a Field Training Officer, Community Resource Officer, Lead Police Officer, DUI Officer, AZPOST General Instructor, Academy Class Counselor and an undercover narcotics officer assigned to the DEA Task Force. As a Detective, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Division and the Violent Crimes Section.
After promoting to Sergeant, Chief Batista had supervisory responsibilities with the Public Information Office, Traffic Division and Patrol Operations.
At the Lieutenant level, Chief Batista was an Executive Officer to the Chief of Police and played a role in Advanced Officer Training and Patrol Operations for both the South and West Divisions.
As a Captain, Chief Batista commanded Chief of Staff, the Specialized Response Division and the South Patrol Operations Division. As the Bureau Chief, Chief Batista commanded the Field Services Bureau and the Investigative Services Bureau.
In July 2017, Chief Ramon Batista was selected to lead the Mesa Police Department as Chief of Police. Chief Batista retired from this position in November 2019.
Chief Batista holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Homeland Security and a Master of Science degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.