Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS)

Internship applications are now being accepted for Spring 2015 placement.  

Volunteer with Mesa PD!

The mission of the Mesa Police Department Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) program is to support members in providing police service  and to promote community partnership.

Become a part of the Mesa Police Department team bringing quality public safety services to the citizens of Mesa. We value our volunteers' diversity of skills, abilities, education, and life experiences which they nobly donate to our community. The most effective law enforcement efforts are collaborative partnerships between police and community members. Our volunteers perform a wide variety of duties throughout the department, enabling our paid personnel to concentrate on specialized tasks and better manage their workflow. Some of our programs are volunteer-driven and would not exist without them!  We provide our volunteers with on-the-job training, enabling them to achieve their peak performance in service to the City of Mesa.




  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid driver's license or other I.D.
  • Application
  • Criminal history check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • Certified copy of high school transcripts or G.E.D.
  • Selection interview in prospective unit/s
  • Drug Screen


Some positions may require:

  • Extensive background interview and investigation
  • Polygraph Exam


Volunteer Opportunities within the Mesa Police Department
  • See List of Current Volunteer Openings!
  • Patrol Support
  • Victim Assistance
  • Detective Assistant
  • DUI Unit
  • Disabled Parking Enforcement
  • Office Assistant
  • Special Events Assistant
  • Police Range
  • Mobile Traffic Monitor
  • License Plate Reader
  • More!


Chief's Message

"Public safety is the domain of both law enforcement and the community that it serves.  This shared responsibility achieves peak results when police integrate citizen involvement in their daily operations.  The Mesa Police Department is proud to offer diverse, important volunteer opportunities for community participation.   Our Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) bring an array of skills and talents, fresh perspective, and tremendous commitment to their volunteer roles that continually demonstrate how vital this partnership between our department and our citizens truly is.  If you desire an exceptional experience in helping to safeguard the community, please consider this my personal invitation to you to join our law enforcement team.  Discover the profound reward of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the men and women whose mission it is to protect our community.  Be the Source for the Force."


Volunteer Benefits
  • Experience the joy of helping others
  • Learn new skills "on the job"
  • Explore career options
  • Build your resume
  • Network
  • Discover new interests and aspirations
  • Civic pride
  • Community involvement
Volunteer at the police range


Comments from Current Volunteers
Volunteer Kristen "I provide assistance to people at no cost to them."

"...I see that what I do really makes a difference."

"I want my grandchildren to know this is a good place to work."

"I feel productive and helpful."




Mesa Police Department
Volunteers In Police Service
 PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211