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Major L. Simmons


  • Reserve Unit - (352) 248-0110
  • Detective Bureau - (352) 367-4170
  • Forensics Unit - (352) 367-4090
  • Criminal Intelligence Unit - (352) 367-4158
  • Juvenile Relations Bureau - (352) 367-4099
  • Drug Task Force - (352) 393-7620
  • Patrol Operations Division - (352) 367-4101
  • Patrol Support Division - (352) 367-4101










    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.

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    Criminal Investigations Division

    Calvin Decoursey
    Captain C. DeCoursey

    (352) 367-4160
















    Detective Bureau


    The Detective Bureau is located at the ACSO main building on SE Hawthorne Road. The ACSO detectives assume their investigations from the Patrol Deputies in order to devote more time to significant crimes and enable Patrol Deputies to continue responding to calls for service.

    The Detective Bureau is made up of four squads of detectives and one squad of forensic personnel. Each detective squad is supervised by a Detective Sergeant.


    Person Crimes Squad

    This squad conducts follow up investigations on numerous types of violent personal crimes, to include the following: homicides, armed robbery, arson (with personal injury) and aggravated assault and battery. This squad also includes the following specialized personnel:

    Cold Case Detective - The Cold Case Detective investigates unsolved homicides and other high impact unsolved cases in Alachua County. This detective’s mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves by seeking answers and justice for the victims and their families.

    If you have any information on the following cases please call Detective Kevin Allen at (352) 384-3323 or e-mail at kallen@alachuasheriff.org.

    Unsolved Homicide Cases - 1969 To Present

    Missing/Suspicious Circumstances/Endangered Cases


    Firearms Detective - The Firearms Detective investigates the illegal possession, trafficking, sales and purchases of firearms. This detective routinely works with the Gainesville office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other local law enforcement agencies.

    Gang Investigator - The Gang Investigator is responsible for documenting and investigating criminal street gang members and associates. The Gang Investigator is assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Safe Streets Task Force. The SSTF pursues violent gangs through sustained, proactive, coordinated investigations to obtain prosecutions under the U.S. Code, Titles 18 and 21, including violations such as racketeering, drug conspiracy, and firearms violations.


    Special Victim Crimes Squad

    This squad conducts the investigations on crimes that involve victims with special follow-up procedures, to include the following: sexual battery, child abuse, domestic violence and some crimes against the elderly. This squad often works with the following outside agencies, the Child Protection Team, Child Advocacy Center, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Victim Advocates.

    Internet Crimes Against Children Detective – This detective is assigned to work with the ICAC Task Force and investigates crimes involving the exploitation of children facilitated by use of the internet. Most investigations involve child pornography offenses and solicitation of minors for illegal activity.


    Property Crimes Squads

    These squads conduct follow up investigations on various types of crimes to include: burglary, grand theft, felony criminal mischief, and financial and economic crimes. These squads also include the following specialized personnel:

    Crime Analysts - Responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of criminal intelligence information to all operational components of the ACSO and to other law enforcement agencies.

    Sex Offender Detective – This detective is responsible for monitoring sex offenders in Alachua County. The detective regularly checks to ensure sex offenders are living at their registered addresses as required by law and abiding by their court-imposed sanctions.


    Joint Terrorism Task Force

    The Joint Terrorism Task Force is a multi-disciplined group (Law Enforcement, DSTF/JTTF, Fire/Rescue, Communications, Campus Safety, Health/Medical, Emergency Management, Critical Infrastructure, Maritime Security and Public Information) that covers 13 counties, including Alachua, Marion, Levy, Gilchrist, Union, Bradford, Baker, Clay, Putnam, St. John's, Duval, Flagler and Nassau. The Regional Headquarters for its Law Enforcement Component is at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Jacksonville.
    The ACSO assigns a Joint Terrorism Task Force Detective to work directly with the Region 3 DSTF in Northeast Florida.


    Forensics Unit


    The Forensics Unit is responsible for the collection, documentation, and analysis of physical evidence identified at crime scenes. The Forensic Unit processes and photographs crime scenes and associated evidence, assists in search warrants, autopsies, and provides testimony in depositions and trials.

    Additionally, the Forensic Unit is responsible for maintaining the fingerprint records of all persons arrested in Alachua County.

    The Latent Print Examiner processes all requests for latent fingerprint comparisons, from not only our agency, but from the surrounding area agencies as well.


    Arrest Fingerprints and Mugshots

    Law enforcement agencies may request a copy of a fingerprint/palm print card free of charge. Fingerprint/palm print cards can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed.

    Fingerprint requests should be faxed on department letterhead to (352)374-1807 and should contain the following information:

    1. Your name and title
    2. Your agency name and mailing address
    3. Your contact phone number
    4. Subject's name, race, sex, and date of birth
    5. Indicate if palm prints are needed


    For mugshot requests, please contact the Department of the Jail at (352) 491-2969.

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    Juvenile Relations Bureau

    The Juvenile Relations Bureau has 16 Deputies assigned to various schools within Alachua County. Along with the Deputies in the schools, JRB has other programs within it to include Teen Court, Bike Team, Explorer Program, Teen Driver Challenge, and the Washington D.C. Safety Patrol Trip.

    Juvenile Programs

    School Resource Deputies

    Alachua County Elementary Schools (local no need to dial 352 area code, out of area, must dial 352 area code)

    Archer Deputy Davis 495-2111
    Hidden Oak Deputy McWaters 333-2801
    Idylwild Deputy Shuler 955-6709
    Kimball-Wiles Deputy Mauldin 955-6955
    Lake Forest Deputy Hardy 955-6710
    Lawton Chiles Deputy Brown 333-2825
    Meadowbrook Deputy Nystrom 333-2828
    Newberry Deputy Elliott 472-1100
    Shell Deputy Potocki 481-1901


    Alachua County Middle Schools

    Fort Clarke Deputy Ferguson 333-2800
    Kanapaha Deputy Maynard 955-6960
    Oak View Deputy Fair 472-1102


    Alachua County High Schools

    Buchholz Deputies Adams and Trueluck 955-6702
    Eastside Deputies Simmons and Lancaster 955-6704
    Hawthorne Deputy Mitchell 481-1900
    Newberry Deputy Monk 472-1101


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    Patrol operations Division

    Captain John Redmond - Commander

    Captain J. Redmond

    (352) 367-4097


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

    The patrol deputies are supplemented by the Evening Shift Deputies which work varied hours and shifts depending on crime trends and ongoing projects.

    District 1 is considered both urban and rural based on some zones being large land masses with significant undeveloped land and agricultural production.

    District 1 includes the communities of Micanopy, Waldo and Hawthorne.

    District 2 is considered both urban and rural, due to the condensed population within some of the boundaries adjoining the City of Gainesville.

    District 2 is comprised of small communities within Alachua County surrounding the City of Gainesville, including Archer.

    District 3 is considered both urban and rural, due to the condensed population within some of the boundaries adjoining the City of Gainesville.

    District 3 is comprised of small communities within Alachua County surrounding the City of Gainesville, including Newberry, Alachua and High Springs.





    Rural Services Unit - (352) 367-4111

    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 routinely get asked for assistance in helping to re-locate animals that can no longer be cared for by their owners. When this happens, we have resources available to reach out to as well as this information gets posted to our agency Facebook account.




    Patrol Support Division

    Captain David Clark - Commander

    Captain D. Clark

    (352) 367-4096
















    Lieutenant B. Blizzard - Executive Officer

    Lieutenant B. Blizzard

    (352) 367-4115


    The Lieutenant/Executive Officer assists in the overall operational readiness, fiscal management and staffing requirements of the Patrol Support Division. This Lieutenant is responsible for over-sight of K-9 Unit, Special Teams, and Special Details as directed by the Division Commander.
















    Canine Unit (K/9)

    Sergeant T.E. Crews


    The K/9 Unit consists of specially trained Deputy Sheriffs partnered with dogs trained to conduct a variety of tasks, which include: apprehension of suspects, tracking of criminals and lost persons, article searches, narcotics detection, and explosives detection.

    Additional unit photos here.










    Immediate Response Rifle Team ( IRRT )

    Lieutenant Richard LaLonde

    The IRRT is utilized to provide a rapid response and containment of armed individuals who pose a threat to citizens and responding law enforcement and medical personnel. IRRT members are Deputy Sheriffs assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. The IRRT response enhances the safety for all emergency personnel, and citizens affected by these situations.




    Negotiations Response Team ( NRT )

    Sergeant WT Crews

    The Negotiations Response Team is comprised of sworn personnel throughout the various divisions and sections of the Sheriff's Office. The NRT is utilized in cases involving hostage or barricade situations, emotionally disturbed persons who are armed and/or threatening suicide, and any other high risk situation where negotiations are a viable resolution to a crisis.










    Marine Operations/Underwater Recovery Team ( MOURT )

    Sergeant Rich Rooney

    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 river, and water safety education presentations to various groups throughout Alachua County. They also assist surrounding counties upon request. The Team also conducts joint training with other emergency response entities within the Sheriff's Office such as the Aviation Unit as well as other agencies and organizations involved in marine activities.









    Crowd Management Team (CMT)

    Sergeant Eric Hester

    The Crowd Management Team is utilized in the response to acts of civil unrest and situations where events involving large crowds or gatherings result in unlawful acts being committed and threatens public safety and damage to private and/or government 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

    Lieutenant John Richman


    The Honor Guard serves to represent 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.












    Sergeant Terry Crews


    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

    Lieutenant Mike Hanson


    The Alachua County Sheriff's Office Bomb Team is a nationally accredited bomb team, designated by the F.B.I., and has been serving the citizens in Alachua County and the surrounding counties since the late 60's. 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

    Deputy Richard Bray - Chief Pilot


    The Joint Aviation Unit (JAU) is a joint cooperative effort between the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Gainesville Police Department, which operates under the authority of the Sheriff of Alachua County. The Aviation Unit provides a valuable resource to all emergency response agencies within Alachua County and surrounding counties. We have a full time Pilot, a Tactical Flight Officer (observer), along with back-up pilots, back-up TFO's, and a Maintenance Technician.



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    Extra Duty Coordinator

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

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