Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Department of Justice, FBI

Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court means the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and other state and local law enforcement agencies can continue collecting D.N.A. samples from people arrested for certain felony crimes. 

Florida is one of 28 states that collects D.N.A. samples upon a person’s arrest for any felony crime on an approved list. 

Kevin Meerschaert

With Memorial Day weekend upon us more people will be hitting the waters of Jacksonville Duval County in their boats.

There are 30,000 registered boaters in Duval County. The Jacksonville Sheriff's office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other law enforcement agencies held a press conference on Friday to remind boaters about the manatee protection zones and to boat safely.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office


UPDATE 05/17/13 4:20: JSO has just announced that Rodney Lorenzo Addison walked into the police station today and turned himself in. He is currently being charged with Auto Theft, Possession of Cocaine, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, and Driving While License Suspended

What follows is our report from Thursday about the incident:

Jacksonville police are still looking for a 20-year-old Jacksonville man involved in a police shooting yesterday at Jacksonville International Airport.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

A new law enforcement initiative that launched today in Duval and a dozen other northeast Florida counties gives the public a bigger role in the fight against terrorism. 

The iWatch initiative counts on people to be observant and to report anything that doesn’t look, smell or sound right.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, who co-chairs the 13 county Regional Domestic Security Task Force, says the information gathering program lets authorities get out ahead of the danger.

Kevin Meerschaert

One suspect was wounded, another arrested and at least one more is at-large after an officer involved shooting Wednesday at Jacksonville International Airport.

The incident occurred about 2:30 in the JIA rental car parking garage.


JSO Chief Tom Hackney says officers followed a suspected car thief in a white Ford Crown Victoria into the garage who had eluded arrest last week.


First Coast News

First Coast News is reporting that S.P. Livingston Elementary School is no longer on lockdown after gunshots were reported near the school.

The lockdown was put into effect at 11:20AM today, but was lifted at 12:20PM.

Police have yet to say what led to the lockdown and investigation.

WJCT will be following the investigation throughout the day.

Kevin Meerschaert

Local officials gathered with families of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officers who have died in the line of duty for Police Memorial Day today.

The memorial is held every year to honor the fallen. 60 officers have lost their lives on duty in Jacksonville history.

Due to rainy weather, the public ceremony, usually held on Bay Street in front of the Police Memorial Building, was moved inside.

The JSO Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute. Sheriff John Rutherford and Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Amos placed a memorial wreath in remembrance.

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that the two adults living in the house where 13-year-old Titania Williams Mitchell was shot have been charged with negligence.

Lamborghini Sold At JSO Auction

Apr 4, 2013
Chris Mills

With all of the expensive cars and luxurious jewelry lined up, it looked like an episode of MTV Cribs, but it was more like an episode of Cops.

Today, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office held an auction selling at least 30 vehicles and thousands of dollars in jewelry that was once owned by convicted felons.

The Sheriff’s Office has several car and jewelry auctions each year to raise money for various programs and investigations the Sheriff’s Office are working on.