Shootings in Jacksonville have decreased since 2022, but city officials stress more work is needed

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. After a recent shooting that claimed the life of one person on Golfare Boulevard on 15 July, there have been concerns about the safety of the city. However, a review of the records shows that Jacksonville is currently experiencing a decrease in shootings compared to last year.

Action News Jax reporter Nick Gibson delved into the statistics and spoke to city officials about the situation.

Records show that compared to this time last year, there was less shooting. Jacksonville City Council member Ju’Koboi Pittman stressed that there is still a lot of work to be done.

On July 16, 2022, there were 197 shootings in Jacksonville, according to the information received. By comparison, on July 16, 2023, the city reported 154 incidents, indicating a decrease in gun violence.

Councilwoman Pittman stressed the importance of the need for additional assistance to further address this issue. These areas require increased attention and support in the fight against criminal activity.

“I think it’s important that the mayor, city council, and JSO are aligned with each other,” Pittman said.

The JSO’s $592 million budget proposal submitted to Mayor Deegan includes funding to hire an additional 80 police officers. Forty of these jobs are being funded by a federal grant, but that grant is running out.

“I feel like we need more resources to ensure we continue to reduce crime if that is the case, but I am looking for solutions,” Pittman explained.

On July 15, a tragic car shooting took place on Golfare Boulevard, resulting in the death of a man. f

In response, Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters has scheduled a meeting at City Hall later this week to discuss community concerns, provide information on safety initiatives, and promote dialogue between residents and law enforcement.

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AJ Jordan, a spokesman for the Jacksonville chapter of the Mad Dads, expressed his intention to attend the City Hall meeting. He plans to question Sheriff Waters, focusing on the police’s efforts to engage with the public.

“My question will always be: what are you going to do to make sure our officers are properly involved in society?” Jordan remarked.

City Hall meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, doors open at 6:00 pm. This event provides an opportunity for community members to voice their concerns, gain insight into current security initiatives, and strengthen the bond between law enforcement and the public.

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