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Captain Brian Helmerson serves as the Commander of the Operations Bureau, which is divided into two districts.  Each district has an Executive Lieutenant and together they are responsible for all personnel and issues within the districts.  GPD is a full-service, community oriented policing agency dedicated to partnering with our citizens for problem resolution. The goals of community oriented policing are to reduce the calls for service, decrease crime through prevention and enforcement, and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Gainesville.

Personnel within each district are assigned to a specific geographical area.  By forming partnerships with those we serve, we learn their major quality-of-life concerns, which enhances our ability to serve them. These partnerships also encourage citizens to become involved in developing resolutions to issues within their community.

The districts focus on crime prevention and education programs. Community outreach programs such as the Citizens Academy, the television show “Police Beat,” the GPD newsletter, media information dissemination and GPD’s Web site are examples of the continued commitment to form partnerships with citizens. The Command Staff of the districts continues to work with our Resource Council. This partnership works with representatives from other city, state and county agencies to work towards problem resolution.

The Gainesville Police Department is involved in our nation's Homeland Security efforts. Our Department continues to participate in the Regional Domestic Security Task Force and the City of Gainesville Emergency Management Team.

Captain Brian Helmerson
Phone: (352) 393-7702

District 1 Staff Specialist
Cathy Fisher
Phone: (352) 393-7705

District 2 Staff Specialist
Ernestine Johnson
Phone: (352) 393-7706