Make a difference. Be the difference.

Protect. Honor. Serve.

Are you ready to begin a career that’s bigger than you? We’re looking for qualified men and women looking to do just that and help build a safer community. Learn leadership skills, take on great responsibility and reach your potential while enhancing the quality of life for every citizen in Mesquite, Texas.

The Mesquite Police Department is looking for problem solvers and servant-hearted leaders that are looking to make a difference. Take the next step in your career and apply today!

Do you have what it takes to wear the badge?

Now more than ever, it’s imperative to have the backing of the community and your department behind you as a law enforcement officer. If you’re looking for a career that helps people every day, challenges you to be a better version of you and protects the community, you’re in the right place. As trusted community partners, we’re a dedicated, tight-knit department that offers you an environment where your career can take off, grow and flourish.

We hope you take the opportunity to learn more about our department, as well as grow your career with us.

Want to make a difference? Let’s talk.

If you have never been convicted of a felony or a class B misdemeanor and are interested in more information, please contact us to learn more about the opportunities with the Mesquite Police Department.

Follow the career path that is right for you.

Entry Level

Learn practical and hands on leadership skills, take on great responsibility and reach your full potential while enhancing the quality of life in the City of Mesquite, Texas. Explore your opportunities to create meaningful change with:

  • Exciting responsibilities and challenges
  • Diverse job options and training
  • Career advancement and promotional opportunities
  • Continued education assistance
  • Competitive salary with health and retirement benefits


Are you a current police officer looking for a change? There are many benefits to transferring to Mesquite PD. In addition to shortened in-service training programs, Mesquite PD also does not require basic peace officer academy with a current TCOLE license and two years of Texas police officer experience. Field training may also be lessened based on prior experience and your probationary period may also be reduced. Contact us for more information on transferring.

Serve a community that supports your service.

Trust between law enforcement and the public is essential. Communities rely on police officers to protect them from crime and injustice, and we as a department, in turn, rely on community support and cooperation in ensuring safety. In this time of change, one of our biggest strengths is no secret: we have the backing of the community on our side.

Salary Structure

Term Salary
Starting Salary
Salary after 1 year
Salary after 2 years
Salary after 3 years
Salary after 4 years
Salary after 5 years
Salary after 6 years


The City of Mesquite offers a choice of medical plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield. Employee health coverage goes into effect the first day of the month following 30 days of employment. Coverage is available to all full-time employees at group rates.

The City’s Dental Program is available under one of two dental plans. Coverage is also available to all full-time employees at group rates.

Basic Group Life Insurance protection is provided to eligible full-time employees in the amount of two times the annual salary as recorded at the beginning of each year. Voluntary Supplemental Life and Voluntary AD&D Insurance are also available to full-time employees.

Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) is also offered. All employees appointed to positions designated to work 1,000 hours or more per year must participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System. TMRS is a qualified tax deferred retirement plan under Section 401 of the IRS. Seven percent of gross earnings are deducted each payroll as a pre-tax deduction and deposited into the member account. When an employee becomes vested and retires, the City provides a 2-to-1 matching contributions and interest.

Other benefits are social security, tax saver program (Section 125 Flexible Spending Account), voluntary long-term disability, deferred compensation plans, direct deposit, paid holidays, paid vacation, sick leave and personal leave.