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

Costa Mesa Police Department
CMPD Badge & Patch.JPG
Badge and uniform patch of the Costa Mesa Police Department
Motto"Commitment to excellence"
Agency overview
Annual budget$40.25 million[2]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionCosta Mesa, California, United States
Orange County California Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Costa Mesa Highlighted.svg
Costa Mesa, CA
Size15.70 sq mi (40.7 km2)
Governing bodyCosta Mesa City Council
General nature
Headquarters99 Fair Drive

Unsworn members66[1]
Agency executive
  • Robert N. Sharpnack, Chief[3]
Helicopters1 (contracted from and shared with the Huntington Beach Police Department)



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 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, and a Training and Recruitment Bureau.[8]

The department also has an Animal Control Section[9]

Mid-air collisionEdit

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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Government website".
  2. ^ "City Budget and User Fees - City of Costa Mesa".
  3. ^ "Message From Chief Sharpnack - City of Costa Mesa".
  4. ^ Admin, Site. "Costa Mesa Police Association - Costa Mesa PA".
  5. ^ "Article". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  6. ^ "".
  7. ^ a b "Government website".
  8. ^ "".
  9. ^ "Animal Control - City of Costa Mesa".
  10. ^ "Police Officer James David Ketchum".

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