Founded in 1850, the Bloomington Police Department works to safeguard the lives and properties of residents, businesses and visitors, as well as maintain social law and order. The police department focuses on preserving peace and security for residents and visitors. The Bloomington Police Department provides information regarding public affairs, sexual offender and emergency response situations. The department maintains the Task Force 6, which is a multijurisdictional covert operations unit that investigates drug and vice offenses. It offers a field training program that trains new officers for growing force. The Bloomington Police Department features a crime laboratory, fitness center and locker rooms. It is governed by the City of Bloomington in Illinois.