The Alachua Police Department is a law enforcement agency that provides a safe and secure environment for the city residents and businesses. It protects lives and property, detects crime, and enforces laws and ordinances. The department operates patrol, special investigations and K-9 divisions. The Alachua Police Department also maintains a community services division that provides support functions to the patrol division and supports drug and violence prevention programs. Its staff services division includes a records and secretarial services unit. The department s communications center responds to police, fire and medical emergencies. The Alachua Police Department hosts various crime prevention programs related to identity theft, business security surveys, workplace violence, and neighborhood and crime watch. It is located in Alachua, Fla.