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Join Our Team - Become a CMPD Police Officer

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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:

Patrol:

  • 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
Investigate:
  • 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