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Jacksonville Sheriff Williams On Crime: 'I leave 2019 Frustrated'

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (right) speaks with News4Jax's Kent Justice.

Duval County saw its highest murder total in two decades during 2019. 

By WJCT News partner News4Jax’s count, there were 128 people murdered with 31 homicides that were either not ruled a murder or that are pending classification.

Sheriff Mike Williams explained why he understands the frustration of so many people in Jacksonville.  He also spoke with News4Jax about why he believes police should keep doing what they’re already doing.

“I leave 2019 frustrated, obviously. I think there are things that we can do better. I think there are things that we can draw from the community to help us be better as a community, and so we’ve got to work on that,” Williams said. “We roll out of 2019 into 2020 focused on the work, and we’ve got to stay that way until we see the results we want to see.”

An expanded story that includes a video interview with Williams is at

Kent Justice anchors News4Jax newscasts on the weekend, and hosts "This Week in Jacksonville," Channel 4's hot topics and politics public affairs show each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Civic leaders, business professionals, and non-profit activists spend time in conversation with Kent about the big issues in our area.