Community Engagement

Connect. Interact. Exchange. Collaborate. Let’s Get Involved

The Community Engagement Division includes Community Forums, Community Engagement Academies, Youth Development, Recruiting, and Volunteers and Internships. Our Community members and our employees are key to creating and maintaining a safe community in which we live, play, and work. We value our relationship with the community and want to build positive and meaningful partnerships.

Lend a Helping Hand Volunteer/Internships

Mesa Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program. We value our volunteers’ diversity of skills, abilities, education, and life experiences which they nobly donate to our community. Our volunteers perform a wide variety of duties throughout the department, enabling our paid personnel to concentrate on specialized tasks and better manage workflow. We provide on-the-job training enabling them to be successful. Volunteer Opportunities are available in Patrol Support, Victim Assistance, Detective Assistant, DUI Unit, Disabled Parking Enforcement, Office Assistant, Special Events, Police Range, Mobile Traffic Monitor, and License Plate Reader.


Volunteer/Internships Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Valid driver’s license or identification
  • Complete application
  • Criminal background check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • Certified copy of high school transcripts or G.E.D
  • Selection interview
  • Background interview/investigation
  • Drug screen
  • Polygraph

If you desire an exceptional experience in helping safeguard the community, please consider this invitation to volunteer with the men and women whose mission it is to protect our community.

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Police Cadets Youth Development

The Mesa Police Department Cadet Post is committed to preparing young men and women for a career in law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Cadet program is an action-oriented, hands-on career discovery program. If you are interested, learn more about what it takes to qualify for the program.

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Partnership Program MESA Program

This program provides innovative techniques for teaching positive leadership skills and empowerment. This is a partnership between the Mesa Police Department, Mesa Public Schools, businesses and agencies in the community. Learn more about this program today!

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more ways to get involved Other Community Engagement Initiatives


Community Engagement The Diversity Team

We work together in a variety of ways to raise awareness and increase acceptance of diversity in the Mesa Police Department and the community through inclusion, education and opportunity. Find out more about who we have worked with and the ways our Team has participated or is currently participating.

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Community Engagement Academies

This one-day experience allows interested participants the opportunity to learn about police operations and obtain a personal view of what a day in the life of a police officer in your neighborhood is like.

Community members will participate in training, discussions, and presentations regarding Mesa Police Department policies, practices and procedures. Join us for this exciting police-community engagement opportunity!

Eligibility requirements:

  • 19 years of age
  • Reside in Mesa
  • Community leaders encouraged to attend
  • A background clearance is conducted prior to class start date

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Interest Application

Communicate with Us Community Forums

The goal of the Community Forums is to create relationships between the Mesa Police Department and our community, to provide useful channels of communication for the residents of Mesa.

  • African American Forum
  • Asian Forum
  • Clergy Forum
  • Education Forum
  • Hispanic Forum
  • Human Rights Forum
  • Mental Health Forum
  • Native American Forum
  • Non-Profit Forum
  • Upbeat & Aging Forum
  • Veterans Forum
  • Youth Forum
  • Independent Living (Disabilities) Liaison
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