Citizen Police Academy

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2018 Citizen Police Academy Logo WebSince 1991, the Mesa Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA) has provided members of our community with an inside look at law enforcement. The CPA is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the operations and resources of the Mesa Police Department. Participants will interact with police executives and veteran officers during the academy. The goal of the CPA is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in our community.  

This academy is NOT the police recruit academy.  Please visit our Hiring page if you are interested in applying to our police recruit academy.

Classes meet on Thursday evenings, with one Saturday class at the shooting range.

The following areas of the Department may be covered:

Jail Hiring Patrol Districts
Recruit Academy Mesa Family Advocacy Center Homicide
Civilian Investigators Gangs Street Crimes
Range Day (you'll shoot!) SWAT demos Motors
Communications Crime Lab Defensive Tactics
Fitness & Nutrition Aviation


Potential candidates for the Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • 19 years of age
  • Reside in or be employed in the City of Mesa
  • No prior felony arrests
  • No misdemeanor arrests within one year of application

Contact Us

For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, including next class dates, please call Tara Hall at 480-644-2073 or Ray Villa at 480-644-2283.  **Applications for the Fall 2018 class are now closed.**

Download the application (PDF).

Mail application to:

Mesa Police Department
Community Engagement Bureau
Attn: Ray Villa / Tara Hall
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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Mesa Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (MCPAAA):

Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy are eligible to join the Mesa Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Alumni members receive continued training and volunteer opportunities with the Mesa Police Department. Additional information can be found on their website --

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