Among the most visible employees of the department, the police officers in the East Patrol Division and the West Patrol Division provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. These officers are often the first responders to all emergency and non-emergency calls ranging from burglary and fraud to fires and emergency medical care. These officers play an important role in our community policing initiatives.
Another very visible group of officers comprises the Downtown Unit. These officers provide police services and address the unique needs of downtown Athens' restaurants, businesses, and alcohol establishments. The Compliance Unit is very visible downtown as well, enforcing all Georgia state statutes and Athens-Clarke County ordinances involving the distribution and sale of alcohol, as well as the operation of taxis or vehicles for hire, police-required wrecker services, precious metals and gems permitting, and pawn shop compliance.