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Message From The Chief
The La Mesa Police Department works with our community to protect life and property while striving to enhance the quality of life of all our residents. The department is very responsive to the needs of our community and is devoted to providing the highest quality professional police services to everyone:

The department has 68 sworn officers and 31 civilian employees, as well as a large contingent of retired senior volunteers. The department answers over 100,000 calls for service each year with the Patrol Division, Investigations Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Traffic Unit, School Resource Unit, and Crime Prevention / Community Resource Unit.

Crime Prevention

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Department Wellness Program
The La Mesa Police Department has been training officers on emotional, mental, and spiritual survival practices with a first in the county department wellness program. Learn more about the BeSTOW program (Beyond Survival Toward Officer Wellness).

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Philosophy and Values Statement
The La Mesa Police Department is dedicated to protecting life and property while promoting community involvement through professional service, honor, trust and integrity.

Crime prevention, public safety, and quality of life issues are fundamental community concerns in which the police department, as members of our community, has been entrusted to protect. Through our core values we serve the mission of the police department.

The La Mesa Police Department's core values form the foundation from which we protect and serve our community and each other. They are in integral part of our daily operations and ensure that our personal and professional behavior reflect our highest traditions of excellence.

Service: To always selflessly serve, protect, and assist those in need with courtesy, civility, and respect. It is essential to safeguard the human, civil, and constitutional rights of all served while recognizing the intristic worth of every individual.

Courage: Mental or moral strength to endure, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.

Compassion: Professional police services are rendered most effectively by those who are driven by the heart to protect the innocent, alleviate suffering, safeguard human rights, solve problems, and enhance the quality of life in our community.

Integrity: Honest and ethical conduct beyond reproach at all times in our personal and professional lives.

Quality Through Continuous Improvement: The image of the Department and quality of services rendered are dependent upon a consistent desire to always strive to learn, improve, and mentor others.

Commitment to all Employees: The Department recognizes that the safety, security, and well-being of our community are intrinsically linked to the health and wellness of those who serve it. The Department is committed to train, develop, and enhance the health and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit of those who serve.
Chief Walt Vasquez
Walt Vasquez
Police Chief

8085 University Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942

Emergency: 9-1-1

Ph: 619.667.1400
Fx: 619.667.7519


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Mesa City Hall    8130 Allison Ave.    La Mesa, CA 91942    Ph: 619.463.6611