About La Mesa Police Department
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF: The La Mesa Police Department works with our community to protect life and property while striving to enhance the quality of life of all our residents. The department is very responsive to the needs of our community and is devoted to providing the highest quality professional police services to everyone:
The department has 68 sworn officers and 30 civilian employees, as well as a large contingent of retired senior volunteers. The department answers over 100,000 calls for service each year with the Patrol Division, Investigations Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Traffic Unit, School Resource Unit, and Crime Prevention / Community Resource Unit.As a La Mesa Police Officer, you’ll be working in one of San Diego County’s best kept little secrets. La Mesa has a mild climate and is tucked in the foothills only 15 miles from the beach and 10 miles from Downtown San Diego. Incorporated in 1912, La Mesa had 700-plus residents who received their police services from the first City Marshall, Frank Oliver. In 2014, 102 years later, the City of La Mesa has 99 sworn and non-sworn employees policing the 58,000-plus people who now call La Mesa their home. Located amongst the rolling hills of the East County, today’s suburban city is still known for its small town character, family friendly neighborhoods, good schools, and ample retail, commercial and recreational amenities. La Mesa truly is the “Jewel of the Hills”.
The La Mesa Police Department maintains the highest commitment to the community through service, honor, integrity and professionalism. There are numerous assignments to include patrol, field training officer, investigations, motor officer, school resource officer, special enforcement detail, street team, honor guard and the Special Response Team. The La Mesa Police Department is currently looking for qualified candidates that want to be a part of the next 100 years of service to our community. If you think that you want to join our tradition of excellence, apply today.