Serving the People
The City of Carmel is governed by an elected mayor and seven city council members. These civil servants then appoint willing residents to serve on the city’s various boards and commissions to provide the input and recommendations that keep Carmel a vibrant, modern place to live.
The police department employs 90 sworn officers and 19 civilians. It is one of only eight police departments in the state to earn an internationally-accredited law enforcement agency designation. It was the first police department in the state to equip its patrol cars with video cameras and the second in the state to install computers in all its police vehicles. Officers here also offer a unique citizens police academy — an eight-week course that offers scaled-down police training to give parents, teachers, business owners and retirees a strong sense of pride in belonging to this community.
The fire department employs 150 career fire personnel and nine civilians. It owns six fire stations to cover the city’s 50-square miles with the necessary emergency, fire, medical, tactical rescue and hazardous materials services. A public education division works tirelessly to bring meaningful programs and activities to the community to enhance awareness and responsibility.