Reserve Officer Program

The Mesa Police Department has an active Reserve program, with a long history of service to the community. The Mesa Police Reserves are made up of people from all walks of life. Most Reserves have satisfying civilian positions and simply wish to do police work as a way of serving their community.


  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health.
  • Must possess a valid Arizona driver's license.
  • Must not have a history of criminal or improper personal conduct that may affect suitability for police work.
  • Must possess a United States high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • United States citizenship required.


  • Written test.
  • Background investigation.
  • Oral Interview.
  • Physical agility test.
  • Polygraph.
  • Medical examination.
  • Psychological examination.

Candidates who successfully complete all phases of this testing process will be allowed to register with the Law Enforcement Training Academy offered by Chandler-Gilbert Community College or Glendale Community College.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Law Enforcement Academy (CGCC)

The Law Enforcement Training Academy offered by Chandler-Gilbert Community College begins classes once 15 or more applicants have successfully completed screening and are ready to enter an academy class. Agency sponsored applicants may register for these classes without being screened by the academy at the cadets' expense. The academy consists of over 640 hours of training and is conducted over two semesters. For information on the Academy training days and hours, consult the CGCC Law Enforcement Training Academy web site.

The applicant will be required to purchase, at their own expense, clothing, both professional and exercise related, regulation uniform shoes, belt, holster, and handcuffs with keys.


Glendale Community College (GCC)

GCC is also certified by AZPOST and can be used as an optional school to become POST certified for applicants who are sponsored by the Mesa Police Department as a Reserve Officer. In addition, the academy can be attended on a full or part-time basis. When finished, 720 hours of training will be earned. Additional information about GCC can be found at http://www.gccaz.edu/justice/leo/files/acadmain.html.


Field Training

Upon successful completion of the Academy, the officer attends post-academy training classes, then begins the field training phase. During this phase the officer will work through four different field training segments where they will be trained and evaluated by various Field Training Officers (FTOs). When the officer successfully completes the field training phase, they will be allowed to work as a solo patrol officer or can elect to work a two-officer patrol assignment. Only officers who have completed field training will be allowed to participate in off-duty employment.


Requirments of a Mesa Police Reserve Officer

Certified Reserve Officers are required by department policy to complete a minimum of 10 hours of service per month, which must be completed in patrol or in their assigned speciality assignment. They are required to participate in all in-service training mandated by the Department for its active duty personnel. Reserve Officers will be provided with this training during evenings and weekends for their convenience. If they prefer they may take this training with the regular department members during normal business hours. Reserve Officers will be required to participate in departmental shoots and must maintain a passing score to continue to work in a sworn capacity.


Testing dates and times for career and Reserve Officers vary. For the next scheduled testing session, please contact the Mesa Police Department Reserve Officer Unit at 480-644-4479.

If you are interested, apply and discover whether you have what it takes to become a Mesa police Reserve Officer. If you have any questions, please call Detective Darrell Mandrell at 480-644-4479 to leave a message or send an e-mail to Darrell.Mandrell@mesaaz.gov.



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