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Join Our Team - Become a Costa Mesa Police Officer


Welcome to the Costa Mesa Police Department. You have chosen to become part of an extraordinary team in one of the finest law enforcement agencies in California. Becoming a police officer is a difficult journey, every day of which you will be tested mentally, physically, and emotionally. Are you up for the challenge? Then make a difference in the community with a rewarding career that is different every day.
CMPD Officers Enjoy:
  • Excellent salary (sworn officers start at $83,940 annually)
  • Comprehensive and flexible benefits
  • A rewarding career that is different every day

Police Officer Functions
New things happen every day in police work! As a Costa Mesa Police Officer, you will:


  • Preserve law and order
  • Prevent and discover the commission of crimes
  • Answer calls and complaints involving fire, traffic accidents, robberies, and more
  • Make arrests
  • Prepare necessary records and reports
  • Conduct accident investigations
  • Conduct preliminary investigations
  • Locate and question witnesses
  • Testify as a witness in court
Assist the Public:
  • Provide information to the public
  • Community-oriented policing
Conduct Specialized Assignments:
Available to sworn officers based upon achievement and experience, including:
  • Detective
  • Canine Handler
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Motorcycle Officer
  • Gang Enforcement Officer
  • School Resource Officer
  • Special Enforcement Officer
  • Field Training Officer