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For the third year in a row, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is making public safety the focus of his proposed budget.

Curry presented the spending plan to City Council Monday morning.

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Eight dogs who were once likely to be euthanized graduated from a canine training camp Wednesday, and their trainers happen to be Jacksonville prisoners.

The program, Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills, or TAILS, came to the Northside’s Montgomery Correctional Center just over three years ago, graduating a total of 93 dogs. It’s one of five prisons in North Florida and South Georgia that offer the program.


A Jacksonville man was threatened with jail time and given two citations for jaywalking and not carrying his ID last month. Devonte Shipman recorded his encounter with Officer J.S. Bolen of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in a video that went viral with over half a million views. 

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A Jacksonville police officer is being charged with fraud and official misconduct after investigators said he bilked around $1,000 from companies that contracted him for security services

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office began surveilling officer Frank Holtsman after receiving a tip that he was being paid for work he did not do.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens about a scam targeting bank customers.

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A St. Johns County elementary school teacher and a registered sex offender from Georgia are among 21 men arrested during a recent online child-sex sting conducted by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

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Police officers who died in the line of duty were remembered Wednesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The Tribute to Fallen Officers, outside Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Arena, included a roll call of those killed while on duty, as well as a 21-gun salute and a Missing Man formation fly-over by JSO’s aviation unit.

“There’s names on that wall that we worked with," Crime Scene Detective David Matsick said. "So, it hits home because we could all be here one day together and the next day one of us not be. "

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday the arrests of 60 people after a four-month undercover narcotics investigation. Warrants are out for 11 additional people.

The investigation called “Operation Lockdown in O-Town” began on the Northside’s Oceanway area.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said more resources for human trafficking victims and community awareness are essential to addressing the problem in Jacksonville.

Several City Council members met with State Attorney Melissa Nelson, Sheriff Mike William, and others Monday to talk about how to help.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is planning six town hall meetings to gather input on a body camera pilot program, which is scheduled to roll out by this summer.

Some local civil rights leaders were upset JSO hadn’t been holding public input meetings all along.

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Three Jacksonville police officers have been arrested for tampering with evidence after one of them fatally shot a robbery suspect early this month.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Fraternal Order of Police local 530 President Steve Zoma about the proposed use of body cameras by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. We also spoke with Melody Perry from Lutheran Social Services and caregiver Nakia Hinton about their Money Minders program and 5 and Dime Theatre Executive Director Lee Hambly talked about the theatre’s new location and the upcoming performance of the play “Night Mother.” 


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been in the process of rolling out police body cameras for about a year.

However, residents and police unions are asking for a say in the policy surrounding the recording devices.


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, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Agency Friday announced 15 arrests in a cocaine bust.  

A year long narcotics investigation, “Operation Scarface,” followed two Jacksonville drug operations using multiple houses from the Northside to the Southside said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.