The Carthage Police Department provides safety and security and protects lives and property through crime prevention and law enforcement. It operates communication, patrol and investigation divisions. The department has a communication unit that handles various police, fire, and medical emergency and nonemergency calls. The Carthage Police Department employs various support personnel, including crossing guards, reserve police officers, and records and court clerks who provide law enforcement services at special events. It has a nuisance abatement unit that handles and enforces laws and ordinances related to animal control and basic property maintenance codes. The department is located in Carthage, Mo.