JACKSONVILLE, FL — Jacksonville Sheriff T.C. Waters is holding a meeting at City Hall tonight to get feedback from the community.
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Violent crimes were in the minds of the people of Jacksonville. A UNF poll in April showed it was the most important issue for local voters, and the city’s sheriff wants to address it tonight.
Waters City Hall is scheduled for 6:00 pm at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and is expected to be a collaborative effort to brainstorm ways to keep Jacksonville safe.
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The event is open and free to the public, and those who attend are encouraged to ask the sheriff questions and offer any suggestions or ideas about what has been said.
Waters is expected to discuss upcoming changes to current patrol areas and present various public safety initiatives to improve the well-being of the Jacksonville community.
The JSO’s $592 million budget request recently presented to Mayor Deegan included 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.
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Jacksonville City Council member Ju’Kobi Pittman said some parts of the city needed more resources to fight crime.
“I feel like we need more resources to ensure that crime rates continue to decrease if that’s the case, but I’m looking for solutions,” she said.
Residents interested in participating are asked to arrive prior to the 6:00 pm meeting.
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