Mesa Police Department Jobs: Overview

Why Mesa PD?

The Mesa Police Department (MPD) is made up of a diverse group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. There is no cookie-cutter employee here.  From our police officers to our civilian positions we offer many rewarding career paths often overlooked by qualified candidates.  A job with MPD isn't what you see on police television shows. Our focus is on providing long-term careers that keep our community safe.

Next Date for Police Recruit Applications

12/14/15: Online Applications open for Police Officer Recruit.

12/20/15: Online Applications close for Police Officer or when 700 applications have been received.


It takes more than physical strength to be part of the Mesa Police Department. We are looking for morally sound, community-oriented, problem solvers from a variety of backgrounds. Starting salary is $50,960.00; with our top officers bringing home $76,502.40.  We encourage professional growth with $8,124 in tuition reimbursement offered each year.  

Learn more about becoming a police officer recruit.


As the 3rd largest city in Arizona, and 7th on Forbes' list of safest cities, Mesa has attracted officers from agencies across the state and country.  Our advanced facilities, such as a nationally acclaimed crime lab, dispatch center, jail and aviation team, set us apart from other state agencies.  After probation, Lateral Officers may use 50% of their former police agency time towards a three year patrol requirement and starting salaries range from $51,030.18-$65,520.00 depending on experience. 

Learn more about our in-state or out-of-state lateral opportunities.


The Mesa Police Department offers many lucrative career paths in addition to our police officer opportunities.  We have civilian positions within communications, records and crime lab that all impact our department and community as much as our officers do.  Civilian members experience exciting careers that are challenging while, at the same time, helping members of the community when they need it most.

Learn more about civilian opportunities.


Mesa is one of the best places to live, according to Money magazine

There are bigger cities in Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson) and bigger golf meccas too (Scottsdale). Mesa can hold its own in both categories, and it beats them all in one key way—it’s a great, affordable city for raising a family. One prime reason: education. Of the 51 schools that earned the Arizona Educational Foundation’s A+ designation this year, nine were in Mesa. “That’s more than any other district in the state,” says Bobbie O’Boyle, the foundation’s executive director. When it comes to college, Arizona State is just next door in Tempe, while ASU’s Polytechnic campus, which focuses on engineering and aviation, was built on a former Air Force base in town. Housing is another family draw. Word is spreading about Mesa—home prices are up 5.1% in the past year, compared with 3.9% for Arizona as a whole, according to Zillow. But the city remains affordable: The median home price of $172,500 is less than half of ritzy Scottsdale’s, and property taxes are among the lowest in the state. Even tony neighborhoods like the mountainside Las Sendas, 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix on the new Highway 202, are in reach for middle-class families. While palatial Las Sendas homes overlooking the city can hit $2 mil­lion, 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom homes go for $325,000. A new, five-bedroom spread with a pool fetches the same price in the Eastmark development
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Mesa Police Department Jobs


Human Resources
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211