Sheriff

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A judge cleared the way for Gator DeLoach to be sworn in Tuesday as the new sheriff of Putnam County.

An attorney for Jon Kinney, the Republican candidate who lost the race for Putnam County sheriff by 16 votes in a three-way election, filed an emergency motion Thursday seeking to block DeLoach, the Democrat candidate, from taking office.

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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 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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Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Tuesday thanking first-responders for being prepared for Tropical Storm Colin, which passed through the First Coast Monday evening.

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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.”

Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

Jacksonville Sheriff candidate Ken Jefferson is being endorsed by the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association. Jefferson made the announcement today on a Northwest Jacksonville street corner where a 16-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting last month.

He stresses the need for police to build trust in the community.  But one neighborhood man’s reaction to the news conference shows there’s a long road ahead toward that goal.

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At age 17, Antjuan Kimbrough considered himself worthless. With two kids, he had no diploma, no father-figure and no future.