Protect and Serve
The Gainesville Police Department provides the City of Gainesville with emergency and non-emergency service 24 hours a day to more than 40,000 city residents and an estimated 150,000 visitors everyday. Our jurisdiction covers approximately 37 square miles and includes houses and apartment complexes, businesses and industrial parks, recreational facilities, including parks on and around Lake Lanier, several golf courses, schools, churches, an airport, shopping centers and numerous strip malls. We are a multi-faceted professional public safety organization serving a fast-paced, multi-cultural and rapidly growing community. In 2018, officers responded to approximately 66,143 calls for service and 2,833 motor vehicle crashes. The Gainesville Police Department employs a total of 119 employees. All Gainesville Police Department officers are certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council and must complete 20-hours of training annually to maintain their cerifications and their powers of arrest. The department is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. and is state certified by the Georgia Association of Chief’s of Police.
The headquarters of the Gainesville Police Department is located at 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501 in the Gainesville Justice Center. The department also maintains a precinct at the Featherbone Communiversity located on Chestnut Street.
The Gainesville Police Department is headed by Chief Jay Parrish. A Deputy Chief, two Police Captains, who serve as bureau directors, are assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief. The bureau directors oversee the Operations Bureau and the Support Services Bureau within the police department.
The department has developed and implemented a number of crime prevention programs. We utilize a community oriented policing approach as a positive step in the development of both a working relationship and a communications network between our department and the community. A Pro-Active Community Enforcement Unit (P.A.C.E.) was established in June 2010, to work hand in hand with the community to identify and resolve quality of life issues and to focus on the reduction of pattern crimes (high number of related crimes in a specific area) occurring within the city. The police department maintains a Police Traffic Services Unit (P.T.S.U.), aimed at reducing the severity and number of motor vehicle crashes and fatalities in the City of Gainesville. The Police Traffic Services Unit utilizes the latest in law enforcement technology to ensure safer commutes for motorist traveling within our community.
The sworn and civilian members of the Gainesville Police Department are extremely proud of their agency and all the services that are provided to the citizens and visitors of this city. Whether members are assigned to areas such as patrol, canine teams, crime scene, criminal investigations, school resource officer program, Multi Agency Narcotics Squad or any other component or division of the department, pride is the common denominator found with our employees. The Gainesville Police Department is committed to providing professional law enforcement and public safety services and we strive daily to provide those services to all citizens of and visitors to our city through the prudent allocation of resources the community has entrusted to us.