The Tavares Police Department works to preserve peace and reduce crime through the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws and ordinances. It is comprised of more than 40 sworn officers and civilians. The department operates patrol, criminal investigation, K-9, narcotics and administration divisions. The Tavares Police Department maintains a communication center that responds to various emergency and nonemergency calls. Its uniform patrol division conducts property checks and assists other units within the police department. The department also hosts vacation check and neighborhood crime watch programs. The Tavares Police Department additionally has code and traffic enforcement units. It supports Amber Alert, which is an emergency alert system that helps recover abducted children. The department maintains a sex offender registry and provides information regarding missing children and homeland security. It is located in Tavares, Fla.