'Safer Together' Report IDs Ways To Mend Community-Police Relations

Aug 20, 2021

The result of the city of Jacksonville’s “Safer Together” initiative was unveiled this week, with its final report shining light on the relationship between local law enforcement and people of color.


Area Congressman John Rutherford (R-04) met with sheriffs from across Northeast Florida at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday to discuss federal legislation he says would harm local law enforcement. 

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in uncovering more potential victims in the case of a local pastor accused of child molestation. 

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Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent Diana Greene has nominated a new executive director for the district’s police department. 

JSO patrol vehicle in a parking lot

The Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office have agreed to build an adult civil citation program to keep low-level offenders out of the criminal justice system. 

Jacksonville City Hall

The Jacksonville City Council is considering sending $16.7 million to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) and Jacksonville and Fire Department (JFRD) to reimburse the departments for employee overtime pay since March 2020, which is when Jacksonville and much of the United States started implementing COVID-19 shutdowns and restrictions.

20 Teens Shot This Year In Jacksonville

Jun 11, 2021
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Twenty teenagers have been shot so far this year in Jacksonville, according to News4Jax records.

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey discusses Zachary Taylor's DUI arrest Thursday Morning at a press conference. Taylor has been with JSO for 3-and-a-half years.
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An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for being under the influence while driving a police car.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a budget of $484 million dollars this year, about a third of the city’s total spending. Most of that goes to salaries and benefits for the JSO’s 3,237 employees. JSO also spends about $36,000 to incarcerate one person for a year, which is more than the median income in Jacksonville. 

A view of the Duval County Jail in Downtown Jacksonville.
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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the population of Duval county jails is at its highest in years, in part because of the challenges of transferring inmates to state prisons.

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A 37-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself while driving around Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood.

Wells Todd holds a microphone in front of the Duval County Courthouse.
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Several dozen advocates for police reform gathered peacefully outside the Duval County Courthouse Wednesday night in response to the verdict earlier this week in the Minneapolis murder trial of Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing George Floyd. 

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (left) and State Attorney Melissa Nelson (right).
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A Jacksonville defense attorney says Northeast Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit is more lenient when prosecuting crimes if the perpetrator is a police or corrections officer.

Garrett Dennis speakign with a mic in his hand, with other council members and Florida politicans behind him, right in front of the entrance of City Hall.
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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is lashing out at fellow council members Wednesday after the Neighborhoods, Community Services, Public Health and Safety committee this week declined to discuss his proposal to create a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Review Board to review closed cases.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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After a summer of protests, with local activist groups calling for more accountability and transparency from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, one city councilman is introducing legislation to form a citizen review board.

Outside of City Hall, large building with steps leading to the entrance, a couple of palm trees out in the front
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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis held a public meeting Monday to discuss an amendment he plans to propose during the approval of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s 2020-21 budget.

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An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and charged with felony bribery. 

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey
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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has arrested one of its own for the sixth time this year.

Mayor Lenny Curry during a protest, speaking to another person who has on a mask, they're both in a large crowd.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said he believes his countywide mandate is not government overreach or illegal. 

Mayor Lenny Curry adjusting his mask, someone to his left staring at him, signs in the background, courthouse also in the background.
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Starting Monday, June 29 at 5 p.m., a mask mandate in Duval County goes into effect. At all indoor and public locations where social distancing isn’t possible, a mask will be required. 

Sheriff Mike Williams walking in the center, surrounded by some security, and people around him, with a sign to his right that says "a moment is not a movement"
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State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s Office will be the focal point for the release of body camera footage involving police shootings at the local level, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams speaking at a podium alongside Mayor Lenny Curry, curtain in the background, next to some damage images from the protest
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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams held a media conference Tuesday afternoon alongside Mayor Lenny Curry to address the protests that have taken place the last three days.

A resident drives his golf card down what usually is a busy street in The Villages, Florida.
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The so-called “Safer At Home” Executive Order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 1 says senior citizens and people with significant underlying medical conditions “shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” but it seems that is more of a suggestion than a mandate.

Mayor Curry alongside emergency personnel in the city, speaking in front of a table with the city's logo on it. Curtains the the U.S. flag in the background.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday afternoon, the City Council will consider two emergency bills that allow recently retired Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighters and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police and corrections officers to work during the COVID-19 crisis without it having an impact on their pensions.

Mayor Lenny Curry speaking with arms on a table, only person in the picture
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Friday he is not yet willing to order a shelter-in-place mandate for the city, as other states across the nation have done to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

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Twenty-five Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office personnel, including police officers and corrections officers, are currently under self-quarantine after potential exposure to the coronavirus, according to city officials .

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A federal judge is allowing a case to proceed that alleges excessive force by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in two separate incidents during a woman’s 2016 arrest.

Phone in hand.
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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is warning residents that law enforcement officers are being impersonated in a new phone scam.

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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis was among a group who gathered Tuesday afternoon at the scene of a drive-by mass shooting over the weekend. The message was: The status quo isn’t working.


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department announced an arrest of one of its corrections officers Tuesday morning.