The La Mesa Police Officers' Association was incorporated in 1954. The association was originally founded due to poor relations with the city administrators, low pay, poor benefits, and a lack of training for the officers. Prior to the formation of the La Mesa Police Officers' Association, the officers had no way to negotiate better pay and benefits. The officers were also “at-will” employees and could lose their job at any moment. With the formation of the La Mesa Police Officers' Association, officers started receiving better pay and benefits. With the support of all the police officers’ associations around the state, legislation was passed that made the job of a police officer a better one. That strong bond between all of the police officers’ associations has continued since then and has made the job even better.
The La Mesa Police Officers' Association represents the sworn police officers, community service officers, dispatchers, animal control officers, and property clerks of the La Mesa Police Department. We represent all positions and represent all ranks within the department, including the Chief of Police.