Women in Police

“The first Christmas day I worked, I was leaving a call involving neighbors who couldn't agree on where to place a garbage can, a little girl about 5 years of age and her mother came out from the house across the street and brought me a plate of Christmas cookies. They thanked me for doing my job and working on Christmas so they could all feel safe and enjoy theirs. It really reminded me of the reason I started this career.”

- Sergeant Arlene Heckel


Realize Your Potential - With the Mesa Police Department  

Our women police officers and civilian employees make as much of an impact on our department as community as their male counterparts.  We are looking for passionate, strong-willed and determined individuals, regardless of race or gender. Women make up 11% of the Mesa Police Department; and that number is expected to grow. We offer a safe and supportive work environment filled with opportunity for growth and advancement.

We encourage any female candidate interested in joining the Mesa Police Department to learn more about the incredibly rewarding career paths we offer. 

Top Five Reasons You Should Join MPD:

  1. Support of our Local Community
  2. Safe and Rewarding Career
  3. Great Pay and Stability
  4. Multiple Career Paths Available
  5. Exciting and Challenging 


Meet some of the women of the Mesa Police Department:

Prepare for the job, mentally and physically. Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish them. I did!
- Monique Cervantes

My family was concerned about my safety. Their concerns lessened when I took them on a ride-along and they saw the people I worked with and how we interacted.
- Commander Sharon Burlingame

My family does worry about my safety. However my family has begun to realize I’ve joined a second family and they will always come when I need them.
- Trisha Jackson

Be mentally strong, be prepared, work hard, earn the job and respect, and honor the profession.
- Kellyann Brown

Train! If you want to pursue this career, you have got to prepare for it. Get mentally and physically strong; go to the gym, go for long runs, read books about what you are getting into.
- Brandi George

The department as a whole has been very supportive in assisting me to reach my goals. We have great female as well as male mentors within the department that have assisted me greatly with my goals.
- Ashley Ellif




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