Chief Of Police


Chief Frank Milstead

Mesa Police Chief MilsteadChief Frank Milstead was selected to lead the Mesa Police Department on March 22, 2010 after 25 years of service to the Phoenix Police Department. He leads a department of more than 1200 men and woman, sworn and civilian, dedicated to providing exceptional police service to the third largest city in Arizona. He has pledged to leverage the talents and resources of the Mesa Police Department and its partners to make Mesa a safer city.  In December 2011 Forbes Magazine named Mesa, Arizona the 7th safest city in the United States.
During his tenure with the Phoenix Police department Chief Milstead demonstrated highly successful leadership and management skill, serving in several high-profile positions that included command positions in the Homeland Defense Bureau, Major Offender Bureau and the Traffic Bureau.  Chief Milstead was also involved in several multi-agency high-status cases, served in the Unified Command structure for Super Bowl 42 and the 2009 NBA All Star games, and maintains All Hazard Incident Commander status.

While leading the Mesa Police Department, Chief Milstead has placed an emphasis on street-level crime fighting, community partnership, economic efficiency and transparency through technology. "The key to driving down crime to 50 year lows is by providing the exceptional men and women of our workforce discerningly implemented leadership cadre, coupled with an intuitive policing plan, rooted in a Compstat-work activity model. Through intuitive exploration and predictive analytics of crime trends and best practices, we are better able to allocate our resources in the most efficient manner to ensure community safety."

Chief Milstead has also redefined efficiency for the Mesa Police Department with the use of technology. During his tenure, the Department has made never before seen strides in the realm of applicable and viable technologies for greater community involvement, crime suppression and work efficiency. In 2013, the Chief made access to the Department easier with the introduction of the smart phone application. The app not only allows citizens to anonymously report applicable events, it also provides citizens a simple avenue to check for crime trends in their neighborhoods, access the locations of known sex offenders and follow our activities on social media (download Mesa PD Mobile from your app store or marketplace). Patrol officers now have access to an array of technologies that expedite their work, while simultaneously expanding their capabilities to enforce laws, collect intelligence and locate and apprehend criminals. The Chief's implementation of IBM's Coplink, Morphotrax two finger fast identification and Brazos e-citation have allowed officers more efficient use of time and a great ability to remove the criminal element from the community. The Mesa Police Department is pioneering the deployment of Taser's Axon Flex Body Camera System on a wide scale for a major agency. In partnership with Arizona State University, the Department examined the viability and validity of the camera system. These cameras assist in more accurate reporting, enhance officer safety and protect the Department and its officers from frivolous complaints. It is becoming ever more important that we chronicle ourselves as others continue to record provocative subjective pieces of police activity for personal publication.

Chief Milstead continues to work with the Mesa Police Officer's Association and City management to fund new officer positions, as well as reinstating civilian positions lost during the country's economic down turn. After nearly 30 years in Arizona law enforcement, Chief Milstead is most proud of the exceptional work of the men and women of the Mesa Police Department on behalf of the community.
Chief Milstead holds a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and is a graduate of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Chief Executive Leadership Program.  Chief Milstead also participated in the FBI Leadership in Counterterrorism (LinCT) Pacific 2010-2011 program.  This is a prestigious invitation-only program which consisted of four one-week cycles: one held in Seattle, WA; one in Cambridge (Harvard), MA; and two in Australia. 

Chief Milstead serves as a member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP).  Chief Milstead also serves on several boards and committees:  Chairperson of the Arizona Regional Information Sharing Sub-Committee, Vice Chair of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (AcTIC) Executive Board; Board Member of the MARC Center of Mesa; Board Member of the Genesis Academy for at-risk youth; member of the Rotary Club of Mesa; and named Honorary Chairperson for the 2011 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.



Mesa Police Department
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Main Number
480-644-2030 (M-F/8a-5p)


480-644-2211, option 2