Costa Mesa Police Department

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Costa Mesa Police Department
Abbreviation CMPD
CMPD Badge & Patch.JPG
Badge and uniform patch of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
Motto "Commitment to excellence"
Agency overview
Formed 1953[1]
Employees 196[1]
Volunteers 8
Annual budget $40.25 million[2]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Costa Mesa in the state of California, United States
Orange County California Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Costa Mesa Highlighted.svg
Map of Costa Mesa Police Department's jurisdiction.
Size 15.70 sq mi (40.7 km2)
Population 110,000[1]
Governing body Costa Mesa City Council
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 99 Fair Drive
Officers 130[1]
Unsworn members 66[1]
Agency executive Tom Gazsi, Chief[3]
Stations 2
Jails 1
Helicopters 1 (contracted from and shared with the Huntington Beach Police Department)
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) is a police organization active in Costa Mesa, California.


The department is authorized 130 officers plus civilian support staff. The sworn personnel are represented by the Costa Mesa Police Officer Association.[4][5] The department's web site seems to indicate the agency operates a police dog unit, motorcycle patrols and a SWAT team.

The department divides the city into Area 1 and Area 2 (subdivided into two patrol beats each), both areas being commanded by an officer in the rank of lieutenant.[6]

The Support Services includes the Detective Bureau, Helicopter Bureau, Traffic Safety Bureau and the Communications Division.[7]

The Detective Bureau has three details, Property Crimes, Economic Crimes and Crimes against Persons.[7]

Technical Services include the jail, Property and Evidence Bureau, Records Bureau, a Training Bureau and an Recruiting Bureau.[8]

The department also has an Animal Control Section[9]

Mid-air collision[edit]

On March 10, 1987 a helicopter from the CMPD collided with another helicopter operated by the Newport Beach Police Department. The two crewmen in the CMPD aircraft were killed, while the other aircraft was able to land safely.[10]

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External links[edit]

Department Website