The Accounting & Budget Bureau is responsible for the sound and timely accounting of all Accounting & Budget matters of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Accounting & Budget Bureau prepares the annual budget for presentation to the Board of County Commissioners and monitors the budget throughout the year. The Bureau also hosts the annual independent audit and prepares the financial statements that are presented to the Auditor General.
More detailed responsibilities of the Accounting & Budget Bureau include:
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau is responsible for receiving, processing, maintaining 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, the service of civil process, which includes:
Each step in the civil process procedure is extremely important and we work diligently to ensure that all laws have been addressed and adhered to throughout the process.
Alachua County Sheriff's Office Civil Bureau
Located in the County Administration Building
12 S.E. 1st Street Room #148
Gainesville, FL 32601-6826
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
|Civil Process Service||Fee|
Non-Enforceable Process (Summons, Subpoena, Notice, Writ of Garnishment, and all other types of process requiring service only)
$40.00 (per person being served)
Enforceable Process (Writ of Replevin/Possession/Attachment/Execution, or any other Enforceable Writ requiring service of process plus enforcement)
Out of State Process
*We must have 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).
|Real Property Levy Deposit (Real Estate)||$1000.00*|
|Personal Property Levy Deposit (Automobiles, Boats, Businesses, Stocks, or any other personal items)||$1500.00*|
|Preparation of Newspaper Advertisement (Cost per Ad)||$40.00|
|Certified Mail to all Parties (Plus additional weight cost)||Current Mailing Rate|
|Conducting Sheriff's Sale||$40.00|
|Bill of Sale or Sheriff's Deed (cost of each)||$40.00|
|Satisfaction of Judgment (When prepared by Sheriff);||$40.00|
|Filing/Recording Fee (required for both Notice and Release of Levy)||$10.00 (first page)
$8.50 (each additional page)
*Higher deposit fees may be required when additional process costs are anticipated (locksmith, electrician, special equipment, boarding animals, or other unique circumstances).
In addition, you will be charged for actual expenses incurred for newspaper advertisement, storage, towing, as well as any other costs. There is no fee for the first hour spent during the execution of the writ, however, any additional hours will be charged at a $45 hourly rate.
If you have questions regarding the service or execution of Civil Process, call (352) 384-3051.
Please make checks payable to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
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 persons 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;
Anyone carrying a firearm into the Courthouse will be arrested per Florida Statute 790.06 (12)
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 any questions, please call (352) 374-5239.
The Grant and Legislative Unit performs grant research, development, implementation and compliance monitoring of all grants and supports the Sheriff in Federal and State legislative affairs.
Additional support is provided by facilitating, managing, implementing special projects and initiatives, and providing information and assistance to various entities, both internally and externally.
Planning, Policy and Accreditation Bureau—491-4450 The Planning, Policy and Accreditation Bureau functions under the auspices of the Administrative Services Division Commander and contains the Planning & Policy Unit and the Accreditation Unit.
The Planning & Policy Unit researches, writes, edits, and promulgates the policies and procedures of the ACSO into the ACSO Directive Management System after review by executive staff.
The Accreditation Unit maintains records pertaining to the accreditations currently held by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. The components of an accreditation program include professionals who act with discretion in the public trust to standards set by experts in the field. An independent process is designed to implement the standards, verify compliance and award recognition.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office received the National Sheriffs' Association's Triple Crown Award in 2000 by simultaneously achieving CALEA, ACA and NCCHC Accreditation. Acquiring all three at the same time is an extraordinary feat. In fact, the Triple Crown distinction is so rare, that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 35 sheriffs' offices have qualified. This is a one-time award that is maintained by the agency forever.
The ACSO is currently accredited through:
Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). Accreditation allows a law enforcement agency to gain professional excellence, community and governmental support, as well as employee confidence in the direction and future of the agency. The ACSO received its initial CFA Accreditation in 1997 and was Reaccredited for the fourth consecutive time in 2009. The next Reaccreditation is scheduled for February 2012.
Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC). The overall purpose of the FCAC is to improve the delivery of correctional services. All aspects of Correctional operations are addressed through the standards, including: Admission, Classification, Housing, Sanitation, Food Services, Personnel Issues, Fiscal Activities, Security, Training, and Medical. The ACSO received its initial FCAC Accreditation in 1999 and was Reaccredited for the fourth consecutive time in September of 2011.
Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program (PSCAP) through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The CALEA Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program provides a communications center with a process to systemically review and internally assess its operations and procedures. The ACSO Combined Communications Center (CCC) received its initial CALEA PSCAP Accreditation in 2002 and was Reaccredited for the third consecutive time in March 2011. In 2008 and 2011, the CCC received the distinguished "Flagship Award" from CALEA, making it one of only several communication centers throughout the United States who have achieved this status.
The Training Bureau provides many different types training programs for the employees of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. These programs include:
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 with attaining these training goals through use of the college's resources.
To contact the Training Bureau, please call 271-2903.
Warrants Bureau Contact Information: (352 ) 367-4138
Alachua County Sheriff's Office
2621 S.E. Hawthorne Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641
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 N.W. 39th Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32609
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 S.E. Hawthorne Rd., Gainesville, FL, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:00 AM-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.
The Communications Operations Bureau is comprised of the front line Public Safety Telecommunicators and Supervisors who staff the Combined Communications Center on a 24/7 basis. The Communications Operations Bureau is responsible for receiving and processing all calls for public safety assistance or information.
Call Takers answer incoming telephone calls received on emergency 9-1-1 lines, administrative non-emergency lines, and various other sources. These calls are triaged to determine what type and level of services are required. Call Takers have a wide array of informational resources avai lable which allow them to provide the most effective level of assistance required for the situation. Calls are entered into a Computer Aided Dispatch System and sent to Radio Operators who dispatch the appropriate law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical resources to the scene.
Radio Operators serve as the "Air Traffic Controllers" for public safety personnel. There are several radio dispatch positions in the Combined Communications Center. Each radio dispatch position has responsibility for a specific function, such as law enforcement, fire-rescue, or information/support which handles transactions through a national/state criminal justice computer network.
Radio Operators receive calls for service which are entered by the Call Takers. Radio Operators evaluate the information, and with assistance from the Computer Aided Dispatch System, make a determination on the most appropriate type and number of units to dispatch. Radio Operators constantly interact with the many public safety units they are responsible for; deploying them to calls, tracking their status, ensuring their safety, providing additional resources and support, just to list a few.
The Operations Bureau of the Combined Communications Center is truly the "primary focal point" for our public safety system in the city of Gainesville and throughout Alachua County. Beginning with the initial 9-1-1 call for help, and ending when the last public safety unit leaves the scene, the Operations Bureau is the lifeline of our organization and provides critical emergency services our community depends on.
The Technology Support Bureau consists of the Support Services Unit, the False Alarm Reduction Unit, the Information Technology Unit, and the CAD/GIS Unit.
The Support Services Unit provides several functions pertaining to the operation of the Combined Communications Center. These include:
The staff of the Support Services Unit possess a wide array of experience and knowledge in the public safety communications profession and are dedicated to ensuring the Operations Bureau has the necessary skills, tools and resources to provide the highest level of public safety services possible.
The Information Technology Unit is charged with purchasing and maintaining the computer systems and all peripheral devices throughout the Sheriff's Office. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office computer systems range from desktop computers and related networks to the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system for dispatch of calls for service, as well as communications with many other law enforcement computer systems throughout the state and nation. In addition, the Sheriff's Office deploys mobile laptops for its sworn personnel.
The Information Technology Unit provides daily support for more than 900 users; completes service requests; keeps up to date all hardware compliance issues and conversions of computer programs throughout the agency.
The False Alarm Reduction Unit (FARU) was established for the purpose of regulating and reducing the number of false alarms within the City of Gainesville and the unincorporated area of Alachua County. This office administers all county alarm ordinances from one central office housed in the Combined Communications Center, which is located next to the Sheriff's Office.
The CAD/GIS unit is responsible for deploying, maintaining, and administering the Alachua County Sheriff's Office's new computer aided dispatch system which went live April 2009.
The Human Resources Bureau primary goal is to enhance the Alachua County Sheriff's Office by hiring qualified law enforcement, detention and civilian support staff that reflects the diversity of the Alachua County community. The Human Resource Bureau aids in the pursuit of professional standards by providing the expertise and best practices in the areas of recruitment, motivation, development and retention of the agency's most valuable resource – high performing personnel. The Human Resources Bureau and the Agency Recruitment Team have attended job fairs and coordinated presentations to many schools and academies throughout our county.
The HRB is responsible for applicant processing, new hire orientation, employee benefits, risk management, promotional testing, supervisory training, the performance evaluation system, employee career service appeals, and ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal employment laws and regulations and additionally, provide customer service to our Employees.
View our Salary/Benefits for more details.
The Human Resource Bureau is an applicant's first point of contact to assist them with any questions regarding future employment with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. The ACSO offers a wide variety of career opportunities for individuals interested in Law Enforcement, Corrections, 9-1-1 Telecommunicators and support Staff positions. We offer opportunities to serve your community in many different ways. Both certified and support positions will assist others in need, provide protective services when necessary, and offer guidance and example to the youth of the community.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The ACSO gives preference in employment/appointments to eligible veterans and spouses of disabled veterans. Applicants with disabilities will be accommodated in the application process. Minorities and protected classes are encouraged to apply.
The Records Bureau provides centralized storage and retrieval for all incident and traffic crash reports generated by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, the Records Bureau personnel direct all incoming switchboard calls to their proper location, respond to public record requests, and maintain the Uniform Crime Reporting information for inclusion in the state and national crime statistics.
The Records Bureau customer service window is operational 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Listed below are specific services provided to the public with their associated times and fees:
Tuesday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. through Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Local Criminal History Check (also called "Background Checks") - Listing of Alachua County arrests. Case disposition information is available through the Alachua County Clerk of Courts.
|Fingerprinting (Picture ID required)||$10.00|
|Local Criminal History Checks||$6.00|
|Concealed Weapon Permit Package||no fee|
|Concealed Weapon Permit Fingerprinting (Picture ID required)||$5.00|
|Public Record Requests for Agency Records||$0.15 per single sided page
$0.20 per double sided page
|Extensive Public Record Requests (Greater than 15 minutes required)||Base hourly salary and employee benefits for clerical person completing request.|
The Fleet Maintenance section, in addition to maintaining the Sheriff's fleet of vehicles, is also responsible for inspecting citizen's vehicles that have received a safety equipment violation ticket. The vehicle with the deficiency corrected can be brought to the Fleet section at 2621 SE Hawthorne Rd, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding holidays. The vehicle must be presented within 30 days of the date the ticket was written. The 30 days includes weekends and holidays. A $4.00 cash fine is paid at time of inspection and the balance of the fine is paid at the Courthouse. The Sheriff's Office cannot give an extension on the ticket, nor can they inspect the vehicle after the 30 days have expired. The Sheriff's Office will inspect safety violation tickets written by other Florida law enforcement agencies.
The Property/Facilities Unit is responsible for central receiving for all goods delivered to the Sheriff's Office, both at the Hawthorne Rd. and Department of the Jail facilities.
The Evidence Unit takes in and stores case evidence in addition to lost and abandoned property.
To claim evidence, lost or abandoned property, you must have picture ID and proof of ownership. Citizens claiming a firearm must make an appointment with the Evidence Unit to schedule the return of the firearm(s).
Unclaimed property/evidence is either disposed of in accordance with Florida statutes or auctioned on-site or at www.PropertyRoom.com.
If the property was evidence in a case there must also be authorization from the State Attorney's Office before any item can be released.
Citizen questions about recovered/lost/abandoned property should be directed to the Evidence Unit at 352-367-4076.