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A University of North Florida poll released Friday shows Jacksonville residents overall approve of the job the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is doing.

Lead UNF researcher Mike Binder said he had no idea how Jacksonville residents felt about the police until he surveyed them.


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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office got some guidance Monday for strengthening its relationship and with citizens and increasing transparency.

Four community task forces that focused on transparency, resources, training and community engagement issued their recommendations after a year of research.


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A Jacksonville corrections officer is out of the job after admitting to using illegal drugs and trying to cheat a drug test.

Officer Lisa Davis was arrested and charged Monday.


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Hundreds of people took to Jacksonville’s streets Sunday to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Springfield.


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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said a larger police presence has decreased street shootings.

After a shooting spike early in the year, the city gave JSO $1.5 million to pay for officer overtime — and Williams said more officers equals less crime.

 


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Jacksonville police are looking for a man who robbed four Riverside restaurant employees at gunpoint in broad daylight Friday.

This happened a year after another restaurant employee was robbed and fatally shot across the street.

 


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Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated a year since he was sworn into office Friday with a walk and lunch with residents in a Northwest Jacksonville neighborhood.

Protesters critical of the mayor’s response to police-involved shootings also showed up to meet him.  

 


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The FBI will review the police shooting death of 22-year-old Vernell Bing, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams announced Friday.

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Local organizations are calling for an independent review and a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the police-involved shooting of 22-year-old Vernell Bing Jr.

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More sobriety checkpoints will pop up on Duval County roads beginning this summer.

Jacksonville police plan to increase the frequency of the stops from about two a year to two per month — or roughly 60 checkpoints over the course of two years.

That’s because the City Council approved a nearly $500,000 grant aimed at reducing the number of impaired-driving deaths.

 

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Warnings have been circulating on social media about a police crackdown against jaywalkers in Jacksonville.

It’s true, jaywalkers may be more likely to get ticketed this month and next. Lauri-Ellen Smith, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public spokeswoman, said more officers are out looking for illegal crossers.

 


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Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover said he has no problem with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office’s plan to do away with a college-degree requirement for new officers.

But Glover doesn’t believe easing the qualifications will equal a more diverse force, as current Sheriff Mike Williams has said.


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Ryan Backmann doesn’t know who killed his father.

His dad, Clifford Backmann, 56, was a construction worker. He was working a side job in the middle of the day six years ago when it happened.

“Detectives think that a random person was crossing through the parking lot, saw my dad in there by himself and he walked in. My dad was vacuuming up drywall dust, (the person) put the gun in his back, pulled the trigger and reached in and pulled the wallet out of my dad’s back pocket,” he said.

 


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wants to divert emergency funds from the crime-prevention Jacksonville Journey program to beef up police presence in areas with high violent crime rates.

On Thursday, at the Journey committee’s first meeting since Curry took office, the mayor expressed sorrow at the increasing murder rate in some of the city’s neighborhoods.

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A vigil for Lonzie Barton was held last Thursday night at Julington Baptist Church, near the area the toddler’s remains were believed to have been found this week.

 

 


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