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Jacksonville police officers are on board with body cameras — that’s what Sheriff Mike Williams told a City Council committee Tuesday morning. A program requiring police to wear them is in the making.


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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams joined us to talk about how to protect citizens from random acts of terror.

After Thursday’s attack in Nice, France, Williams said the challenge for police officers is the balance of protecting citizens during an event without over-policing during the event.  


Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams joins us for the full hour to discuss recent acts of terror in the U.S. and abroad.

We also talk about issues of race, gun rights and police relations following recent police-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.

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A new University of North Florida poll of likely Duval County voters shows support for a pension tax plan is not universal.

Mayor Lenny Curry’s priority tax extension has support from just  41 percent of respondents.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said a larger police presence has decreased street shootings.

After a shooting spike early in the year, the city gave JSO $1.5 million to pay for officer overtime — and Williams said more officers equals less crime.

 


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It all began with a tip in 2013 and ended with arrest warrants for 13 people connected with three Jacksonville Smoker's Video stores this week. The charges range from misdemeanors to manslaughter, for the 2015 death of Clay County 16-year-old Matthew Purdy.

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week began in Jacksonville on Monday.

Advocacy groups, including Families of Slain Children and the Justice Coalition, joined family members of victims at City Hall to kick off the observance. Many held photos of lost loved ones and wore t-shirts printed with their photos.

 

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Former Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover said he has no problem with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office’s plan to do away with a college-degree requirement for new officers.

But Glover doesn’t believe easing the qualifications will equal a more diverse force, as current Sheriff Mike Williams has said.


On the December 2015 edition of Policy Matters, host Rick Mullaney speaks with Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams about public safety issues in Duval County, including violent crime, the Jacksonville Journey program, and more.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and Mayor Lenny Curry say security will increase at Thursday night’s nationally televised Jaguars game, following attacks on Paris last week.

Williams says fans can expect to notice more officers, but that’s about it.

“We’re going to hold off on specifics,” Williams said. “I mean it’s additional officers, it’s additional pieces of equipment, that type of thing. But again, it’s just kind of a ramp-up — if you will — of the things that we normally do at the games, just more of it.”

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Jacksonville City Council districts in the Northwest parts of the city will hold town hall meetings, Thursday.

Councilwoman Katrina Brown represents District 8 on the Westside. She says after a lot of people called her office, she wanted to get the community together.

"People have questions about their sidewalks, trash pickups and code enforcement," Brown said. "[I want to] really find out what some of their needs are and what are their true concerns."  

She says they'll also tackle the area's crime issues, and she's invited Sheriff Mike Williams to attend.

Billed as a unique program to help the city's at-risk youth, the One City, One Jacksonville Leadership Week is connecting 100 young men with some of the city's top political and faith leaders this week. The goal is to help them make better decisions, respect authority, and do well in school. We speak with Rev. John E. Guns, founder of Operation Save Our Sons, who organized the initiative with the City of Jacksonville.


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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says he supports increased funding for a crime-prevention program called the Jacksonville Journey — even if its success isn’t immediately apparent.

On WJCT’s First Coast Forum Thursday night, Williams said Journey programs are designed to keep kids motivated and busy so they don’t become involved with gangs or drugs.

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee considered funding for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

Sheriff Mike Williams was on hand to answer council members’ questions.

“We’ve done a lot of work prior to today to prepare you know working with the council and the mayor’s office,” Williams said. “But I think this is the kind of meeting you get when you have a council and a mayor and a sheriff that really do work together every day.”

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Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning at the Times-Union Center.


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