Murrieta Police Department
The Murrieta Police Department is comprised of 102 sworn police officers, 35 dispatchers, 25 professional staff and 30 volunteers and explorers. The department maintains a yearly budget of $36 million which comes from both Measure T proceeds and General Fund monies. With a population of just over 116,000, the City of Murrieta is the 3rd largest city in Riverside County and the 60th largest city in the State of California. Among cities with a population of over 100,000, Murrieta is consistently ranked one of the safest cities in the United States.
The Murrieta Police Department was established in 1992 when it took over police services for the City of Murrieta and will celebrate its 30th anniversary as a municipal police department on August 1st, 2022. Much has changed since the initial 25 officers and 9 civilian employees began operations in 1992. However, the department’s culture remains rooted in excellent service delivery and a strong partnership with the community. The department works very hard to hire only the best law enforcement officers available, to include its own explorers when ready. The partnership built between the police department and the community is the personification of community policing and is the primary reason the city remains such a safe place for its residents to live, work and play.