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The mission of the Tavares Police Department (TPD) is to work in partnership with the community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City.

The TPD is comprised of 32 sworn officers plus 1 civilian code enforcement officer and 2.5 civilian employees. The Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency.

The TPD serves a resident population of approximately 19,000 people with a large transient workforce population during the day which doubles the population. The department comprises a Uniform Road Patrol, a Criminal Investigations Unit, Street Crimes Unit (narcotics and vice), Code Enforcement, and Marine Patrol.

The department is deeply committed to community policing and the motto for the department is "People Helping People". 

Chief Sarah Coursey, a third-generation Tavares native, oversees the operation of the department. She has been with the city since 2009, becoming chief in 2022. She has a Master's degree in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Administration and is a graduate of Columbia College. Chief Coursey is a Southern Police Institute Officer Command Development course graduate and received the Trilogy award from FBI-LEEDA for Supervisor, Command, and Executive Leadership.

Sarah Coursey, Police Chief

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Citizens Online Police Reporting System

Welcome to the Tavares Police Department Citizen Reporting System. If this is an emergency please call 911. Using this online reporting system allows you to submit a report immediately and print a temporary copy of the report for free. Please confirm the following to find out if online report filing is right for you:

  • Is this an emergency?
  • Did this incident occur outside of Tavares city limits?
  • Are there known suspects?
  • Did this occur on a state freeway?
If you answered no to all of the above questions, you are ready to file your report online. Please make sure to turn off your pop-up blocking software before filing the report. If you answered yes to any of the questions please look at our Citizen Reporting Frequently Asked Questions section.

Upon completion of this report process you will:

  • See the words: "Your report has been submitted."
  • Be given a tracking number for your report.
  • Be able to print a temporary copy of the report for your records.
Please Note:
  • All cases filed using the Citizen Reporting System will be reviewed.
  • Upon review, if further investigation of your case is needed, you may be contacted.
  • Filing a false police report is a crime.

Using the Tavares Police Department Citizen Reporting System you can report incidents such as:

Lost Property, Telephone Harassment, Vandalism, and Theft

Please be sure to review the entire list with definitions and examples on the following page. Please click on "Select Incident" to begin.

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