Police Department

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Message From our Chief, Joel DeCoursey Jr.:

Greetings Citizens,

I am Joel DeCoursey Jr., Chief of the High Springs Police Department. I have over thirty years of law enforcement experience, all of which has been right here in Alachua County. I was born, raised, and received my education locally. I am honored to serve this community as well as the dedicated officers that make up this department, as your Chief of Police. We believe in teamwork and serving our community and willingly put our lives on the line each day to protect and serve the citizens of High Springs.

I began my law enforcement career in 1986 at the University of Florida’s Police Department. In 1988, I joined the Alachua Police Department. After two years with the City of Alachua, I was hired by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. I served 18 years and while there promoted to the rank of Captain. In 2008, I was hired by the City of Alachua’s Manager, Clovis Watson Jr. as Chief of Police. I retired in 2015, after serving seven years as Chief of Police. In 2016, I was hired by the City of High Springs’ Manager, Edwin Booth. I am proud to be a member of the High Springs Police Department

As a department, our mission is to partner with the residents and business owners that make up this great community. Many visitors travel through our town each day. Whether you reside here or are just visiting the area, our duty to ensure a safe and fun filled visit to everyone in our community is of top priority to us.

It is a privilege to serve with the officers and support the personnel of the High Springs Police Department. We are committed to providing a professional and courteous service to the citizens of this town. We thank the community for the wonderful support you give and the many prayers for our safety while we protect the High Springs Community.

Thank You,

Chief Joel DeCoursey Jr.