Patrol Operations Division

The Uniform Patrol Division is responsible for general law enforcement duties and preventative patrol. Uniform Patrol deputies handle the primary response to calls for service, traffic enforcement, street-level vice and narcotics enforcement, preliminary and follow-up investigations, and proactive patrol.

The men and women of the Division are assigned to one of two teams that are each divided into three separate shifts. Uniform Patrol deputies work 12-hour shifts to provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Rural Services Unit

Our Rural Services Unit consists of two deputies who work daily to educate the community on how to properly care for their livestock. They routinely make contact in the community with local farmers and attend meetings to make sure they are up to date on agricultural crimes. During their contacts, they are routinely asked for assistance in helping to relocate animals that can no longer be cared for by their owners. When this happens, we have resources available to reach out to assist with placement, and work closely with the Public Information Office to share images via our social media accounts.

Field Service Technicians

Field Service Technicians are available to assist citizens with non-emergency calls for service. Field Service Technicians assist with the School Crossing Guard Program by conducting their new-hire training and annual certifications. 

School Crossing Guards

School Crossing Guards are assigned to Elementary and Middle Schools within Alachua County to ensure the safety of the children in designated School Crossing Zones.  These Sheriff’s Office employees are not only enhance awareness around our schools, but also serve as a familiar, friendly face for students and parents every morning and afternoon.

Patrol Support Division

Juvenile Relations Bureau (JRB)

The Juvenile Relations Bureau has deputies assigned to various schools in Alachua County. In addition to those deputies in the schools, JRB maintains other programs that include Teen Court, the Explorer Program, Teen Driver Challenge, and coordinates our annual Washington D.C. Safety Patrol Trip.

School Resource Deputies

In addition to information available directly from your children’s school and the deputy assigned, our School Resource Deputies maintain their own Facebook account where you can follow their announcements and reach out to them directly via their individual hashtags (#).

https://www.facebook.com/AlachuaCountySRD

Canine Unit (K-9)

The K-9 Unit consists of specially trained deputy sheriffs, partnered with dogs trained to conduct a variety of tasks, including: apprehension of suspects, tracking of criminals and lost persons, article searches, narcotics detection, and explosives detection.

Negotiations Response Team (NRT)

The Negotiations Response Team is comprised of law enforcement personnel throughout various divisions and sections of the Sheriff’s Office. NRT is utilized in cases involving hostages or barricaded subjects, emotionally disturbed persons who are armed and/or threatening suicide, and any other high risk situation where negotiations may provide a viable resolution to a crisis.

Marine Operations/Underwater Recovery Team (MOURT)

The Marine Operations/Underwater Recovery Team consists of deputies responsible for underwater search and recovery operations, marine search and rescue operations, marine patrols of our lakes and waterways, as well as water safety education presentations to groups throughout Alachua County. They also assist surrounding counties upon request. The Team conducts joint training with other emergency response entities within the Sheriff’s Office, such as the Joint Aviation Unit, plus other agencies and organizations involved in marine activities.

Crowd Management Team (CMT)

The Crowd Management Team responds to acts of civil unrest and situations or events involving large crowds or gatherings that result in unlawful acts committed and that threaten public safety and/or damage to property. The CMT provides an organized and professional response with the goal of establishing and maintaining order for the safety of citizens and emergency response personnel.

Honor Guard

The Honor Guard represents the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in a variety of situations which include: funerals of Law Enforcement Officers or dignitaries (when appropriate), parades, and other occasions where the presentations of colors is proper for the event held.

S.W.A.T.

The S.W.A.T. Team is utilized to assist in the safe resolution of High Risk Incidents requiring a tactical response. These responses include: hostage situations, barricaded subjects, warrant service requiring tactical assistance, dignitary protection, and any other situation deemed to be dangerous by command personnel. S.W.A.T. personnel serve on a volunteer basis and receive advanced and specialized training in the resolution of high risk incidents.

Bomb Disposal Team

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team is a nationally accredited bomb team, designated by the FBI, and has been serving the citizens in Alachua County and the surrounding areas since the late 1960s. Their services include response to suspicious packages, improvised explosive device disablement, fireworks disposal, public safety awareness campaigns, and weapons of mass destruction response capabilities.

Joint Aviation Unit

The Joint Aviation Unit (JAU) is a joint cooperative effort between the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department, operating under the authority of the Sheriff of Alachua County. The Aviation Unit provides a valuable resource to all emergency response agencies in Alachua County and throughout the region. Sheriff’s Office unit personnel include a full time Chief Pilot, a Tactical Flight Officer, back-up and volunteers pilots, on-call TFOs, and an Aviation Maintenance Technician.

Extra Duty Coordinator

The Extra Duty Coordinator fields requests for law enforcement and security services from deputies for private functions that are beyond the scope of the normal, on duty responsibilities. 

Judicial Services & Training Division

Civil Bureau

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau is responsible for receiving, processing, maintenance of active files, and serving or executing all judicial process received by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.  The Civil Bureau also receives and processes Baker Act Orders generated during normal work hours for execution by the Warrants Bureau or Patrol Division.

The Civil Bureau carries out the responsibility of the Sheriff, per Florida State Statue, for the service of civil process, including:

  • Service of Subpoenas, Summonses, and other non-enforceable civil process 
  • Execution of Enforceable Civil Process to include: Writs of Possession, Writs of Replevin, Writs of Execution
  • Execution of Child Custody Orders
  • Service of Temporary and Final Injunctions for Protection
  • Service of Risk Protection Orders (RPOs)

Each step in the civil process procedure is extremely important and we work diligently to ensure that all provisions of law have been addressed and adhered to throughout the process.

Physical Address:

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau (in the County Administration Building)
12 SE 1st Street, Room 148
Gainesville, FL 32601-6826

Mailing Address:

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Civil Bureau
P.O. Box 5489
Gainesville, FL 32627-5489

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Office Phone: (352) 384-3051

NOTE: service requires the original or a certified copy of the document, with clerk’s original signature, which will be returned with your Return of Service, PLUS a copy to serve on Respondent. In some cases, papers to be served need a complaint, petition or attachment to summons (Statement of Claim).

Writ of Execution (Sheriff’s Levy)

  • Required documents: Original writ of execution, instructions for Levy, copy of Judgment Lien (for personal property), proof of ownership, and an affidavit (as defined in F.S.S. 56.27).
  • Once the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has received all required paperwork and sufficient deposit, a deputy will execute the writ.
  • Notice of the Sheriff’s sale will be advertised for 4 consecutive weeks. Upcoming sales may also be viewed with website updates.
  • The Sheriff’s sale will be conducted as a public auction and sold to the highest bidder for cash in hand only. Plaintiffs may credit bid up to the total amount of their judgment, interest, and costs, without cash in hand, if there are no prior liens.
  • Motor vehicles, other personal property and real property, if levied upon, are subject to all existing liens.

Please make checks payable to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Court Security

The Court Security Bureau strives to provide a high degree of courteous and professional security services to all persons involved in the judicial system within Alachua County. If you have questions about what you may or may not bring to the courthouse, please call (352) 374-5239.

Weapons are not allowed inside the courthouses. Each visitor and employee is screened through a comprehensive security station, using state of the art X-ray machines and Magnetometers.

In recent years, the Court Security Bureau has seen an increase in the number of weapons that is covertly concealed within a person’s clothing or on their person. If you are coming to either courthouse, you may want to consider arriving a bit earlier as our screening procedures have been enhanced for everyone’s safety. Be prepared to remove your belt and wallet as you will be asked to place these items onto the X-Ray Machine Conveyor Belt. Other items that need to be placed onto the X-Ray Machine are listed as follows:

  • Electronic devices such as cell phones, computers and pagers.
  • Keys, tools or other metallic objects.
  • Cigarettes, lighters or any items that are wrapped with Aluminum Foil.
  • Purses, backpacks or packages.

Anyone carrying a firearm into the Courthouse is subject to arrest.

Training

The Training Bureau provides many different types training programs for the employees of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. These programs include:

  • Pre-service Training
  • In-service Training
  • Remedial Training
  • Specialized Training

The overall goal of the Training Bureau is to provide training programs that enable employees to function effectively, ensure compliance with the needs of each employee’s job classification/description and the requirements of the position while meeting the guidelines set by the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) directives and applicable accreditation standards. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office collaborative relationship with the Institute of Public Safety, an entity of Santa Fe College, helps meet these training goals through use of the college’s resources.

To contact the Training Bureau, call (352) 271-2903.

Warrants

Warrants Bureau Contact Information: (352) 367-4138

If you think you may have an active Warrant or Civil Arrest Order you are encouraged to turn yourself in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the:
Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Department of the Jail
3333 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32609

Criminal Summons

The Warrants Bureau is responsible for the services of all adult criminal summons issued in Alachua County. A Summons is an order to appear in court, not an arrest warrant. If you have been given notice or believe you may have been issued a Criminal Summons, it must be picked up at the Warrants Bureau lobby, 2621 SE Hawthorne Road in Gainesville, Monday through Friday (except holidays) between 8:00am and 4:00pm. When a Criminal Summons is not picked up by the defendant, it is returned to the Clerk of Court where an arrest Capias (warrant) is then issued.

Reserve Unit

The Reserve Unit is compromised of citizen volunteers who are fully certified as Deputy Sheriffs by the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, and the Sheriff of Alachua County.

Their duties may include patrolling zones, working with the various Units and Bureaus within the Uniform Patrol Division, working special details as needed, and assisting other divisions and sections within the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.