The Tallahassee Police Department began operations in 1841 and is one of the leaders in providing police services in Tallahassee. It is one of the longest accredited law enforcement agencies in the United States. The department offers variety of programs to provide public safety services and to protect the civil rights of all the citizens. The Tallahassee Police Department's services include routine patrol services, forensic science services and traffic safety enforcement. The City of Tallahassee governs the department.