Thanks to Proposition D, a bond issue approved by La Mesans in 2004, the Police Department moved into a…More 45,000-square-foot, $20 million headquarters in September 2010.
Police Chief Al Lanning oversees a force of 68 sworn officers, 30 non-sworn personnel and 50-60 members of the RSVP, or Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, and other volunteers.
The Police Department offers an SRO (school resource officer) for elementary and middle schools in La Mesa and assigns a full-time SRO to Helix Charter High School.
The department's website links to My Neighborhood Update, a Google Maps-based display of reported incidents in La Mesa.
Police also help with animal control, and promote Neighborhood Watch and Kidz Watch, a free safety academy for children 6-11. In addition, the Crime Free Multi-Housing crime-prevention program targets La Mesa apartment complexes.