The Durham Police Department serves as the chief law enforcement agency in Durham, N.C. It operates a citizens police academy that provides training programs related to criminal laws, firearms instruction, defensive tactics, first aid, patrol procedures and investigations. The Durham Police Department maintains an investigative service bureau that is comprised of domestic violence, property and evidence control, homicide, fraud and forensic service units. The department s records section keeps and processes department reports, requests, firearm permits, registrations, identification and records management. It is internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Durham Police Department offers a range of community services that includes bicycle licensing, fingerprinting, child safety seat inspection, building surveys and police clearance letters.