Why you should become a Mesquite Police Officer

  • Civil Service agency
  •  In-house Mesquite Police Academy
  • Specialized units
  • Individually assigned equipment including Glock pistol, Colt AR-15 rifle, and portable radio
  • Lateral transfer pay incentive
  • 11 paid hoidays, 15 vacation days per year
  • Health and life insurance programs
  • Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) matched 2 to 1 by City of Mesquite
  • Eligible for retirement after 20 years
  • 457K retirement package (optional)
  • Relocation reimbursement up to $2,500 (within the city limits of Mesquite)





  • Not less than 21  years of age.  Lateral candidates not less than 21 years of age.
  • Vision at least 20/70 uncorrected in each eye and correctable to 20/20 with no color blindness
  • Successful completion of 30 hours of college credit
  • 2 years active military or police duty with honorable discharge reduces college requirement to 0 hours. 
  • 18 months of full time employment at the City of Mesquite reduces college requirment to 0 hours.

Are you an out of state police officer or federal officer looking to move to Texas? The Mesquite Police Department values your experience and would like for you to join our team! For those that are seeking to obtain a Texas Peace Officer certification will have to do so by applying through the Texas governing body, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). 

The Mesquite Police Department will reimburse you up to $1,000 for expenses accrued while obtaining your TCOLE certification if hired. We also provide up to a $2,500 relocation reimbursement if you relocate within the city limits of Mesquite. If you obtain your TCOLE certification, training will consist of a 7 week in-service course with an abbreviated field training. Below are links that will aid you in your endeavor to become Texas certified.

Contact us for more information about our out of state and federal officer program.

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OSS Academy