Quality People Providing Quality Service.
The Mesa Police Department offers many career paths, outside of our Police Officer positions, that are great for civilians interested in serving our community. We employ over 400 civilian personnel in over 100 different job classifications such as administration, IT, records technicians, security officers and crime scene technicians. While these are civilian positions, all of our employees are held to the same clearance and background check requirements as our police officers.
The Mesa PD Public Safety Communications Division acts as the central hub for routine and emergency operations for much of the East Valley. Members of the Communications Division serve our community by acting as the connecting fiber between local citizens and many Arizona agencies. Candidates must display compassion, a desire to serve, professional conduct, and comprehensive knowledge and ability. Positions require mental toughness and courage while facing challenging situations.
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The Communications Division coordinates routine and emergency operations for the Mesa PD, in addition to providing 9-1-1 services for fire and medical calls for Mesa PD, Apache Junction Fire, Gilbert Fire Department and Queen Creek Fire Department. In order to be successful as a dispatcher or 9-1-1 operator, you must have excellent verbal communication skills and have the ability to remain calm while dealing with the public and police/fire units.
The Mesa PD Public Communications Division often hires for the following positions:
- 9-1-1 Operator, who answers emergency and non-emergency phone calls;
- Public Safety Dispatcher, who handles radio traffic and manages police units through a computer aided dispatch system;
- Shift Supervisor, who directs operations, shift scheduling, performance measurement, and liaisons with customers and support personnel;
- Administrator, who coordinates strategic and tactical plans in dispatch and 9-1-1 operations, liaison to fire, police and technical operations, manages schedules and staffing, and reviews personnel issues
The Mesa PD Forensic Services mission is to provide high quality, accurate, objective, and timely forensic science examinations, including scientific analysis and crime scene processing, to the Mesa Police Department, other law enforcement agencies, and the criminal justice community. The laboratory receives over 35,000 requests for service annually.
Candidates must be able to carefully follow verbal and written instructions, perform assigned tasks according to prescribed procedures, make accurate observations and records of test results, readily learn and apply the various methods and techniques involved in the scientific analysis of evidence, withstand cross-examination in court, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with department personnel and outside agencies.The Forensic Services Division offers positions in the following units:
- The Administrative Business Unit provides support to Forensic Services by performing general clerical duties, processing all incoming requests for analysis, prepare and send out discoveries, process laboratory purchases, collect data to compile reports and documents, maintain databases, answer and manage incoming calls, receives and directs incoming visitors and clients.
- The Biology Unit (DNA and Serology) performs examinations on biological evidence including blood, hair, saliva, and semen. They utilize chemical, microscopic and instrumental examinations. They maintain and enter information into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and assist with crime scenes.
- The Controlled Substances Unit performs examinations on unknown materials, including powders, liquids, pharmaceutical preparations and plant materials. Analysts perform chemical, microscopic and instrumental examinations on evidence to determine if they contain controlled substances. The Unit also provides support for the Departments Field Drug Testing Program.
- The Crime Scene Unit photographs, collects and secures physical evidence from crime and accident scenes. They perform field drug testing, forensic photography, collect latent and known prints and prepare composite drawings.
- The Evidence Processing Unit process evidence for fingerprints which are examined by the Latent Print Unit and collects samples for testing by the Biology Unit.
- The Fingerprint Identification Unit evaluates and compares inked fingerprints, records known prints of subjects, and enters inked fingerprints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
- The Firearms Unit examines, compares, and analyzes all types of firearms and toolmark impressions on evidence. They maintain and enter information into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) and assist with crime scenes. Firearms personnel may perform examinations of footwear or tiretrack impressions on evidence if proficiency tests are current.
- The Latent Print Unit processes major crime scenes, performs laboratory processing, evaluates and compares latent prints, records known prints of subjects, and enters latent prints into the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
- Photographic Laboratory: Prints digital images, and administers the Digital Image Management System (DIMS) for the Department.
- The Toxicology Unit performs examinations on body fluids for the presence of alcohol, other volatiles, drugs of abuse, and pharmaceutical compounds utilizing instrumental methodologies. The Toxicology Unit, with Laboratory Technician assistance, also provides support for the Police Departments Preliminary Breath Test Program.