Joel MesaEducation Director/ School Coordinator
Joel Mesa is an Education Director/School Coordinator of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County. He is certified as a Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner by the Office of the Attorney General. Joel partly administers the youth crime watch program of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County. He has conducted over 2,000 youth crime prevention presentations on numerous safety topics to over 200,000 students during the last 22 years. He has trained principals, teachers, counselors, students, security monitors, and school resource officers on implementing youth crime watch programs in Miami-Dade County schools. Joel is the primary McGruff the Crime Dog portrayer of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County. Joel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication from Florida International University in 1995. Through Joel’s vivacious spirit and demeanor, he encourages others to “be proactive, not reactive” in order to promote and maintain safety environments.