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.

The following areas of the Department may be covered:

Jail Hiring Patrol Districts
Recruit Academy Mesa Family Advocacy Center Homicide
Missing Persons Gangs Street Crimes
Range Day                 SWAT demos Motors
Communications Crime Lab Defensive Tactics


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

Upcoming Tentative Dates for the Next Academy:

  • January 2021

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail  Space is limited and the academy does fill up quickly.

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 We do have a Community Engagement Academy, that is a one day session. More information can be found here.


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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