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Police Substation At Edward Waters College New Criminal Justice Center

Edward Waters College

Edward Waters College cut the ribbon today on its new Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Center.

In addition to classrooms, the $2.6 mil building will also house a police substation. Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says the facility will serve as a crime deterrent.

“There are 240 officers that will be calling that building home. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to increase our physical presence day in and day out, in that area around EWC,” he said.

More than 1,500 violent crimes were reportedly committed within a one-mile radius around Edward Waters last year.

Rutherford says he expects the new substation will also help the JSO recruit new officers.

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Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.