Among the most visible employees of the department, Uniform Patrol officers 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. Divided into two main units - East and West - these officers play an important role in our Community Policing initiatives. The Canine Unit also falls under this bureau. Another very visible group of officers comprise 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.