The Gainesville Police Department’s primary goal is to ensure the citizens of Gainesville safety and peace of mind in their day to day lives. Nevertheless, for crime prevention to work successfully, each member of the community is individually responsible for learning and enacting preventative measures. We make an effort to control crime and the fear of crime through various methods involving citizens, community groups, civil agencies and criminal justice agencies. The Gainesville Police Department embraces the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing (COP) and offers programs that allow residents to take an active role in the community. By becoming involved, you as a citizen can take pride in your city and make a true difference in the reduction of crime.