What is it?
What strengthens relationships between citizens and police? We believe that happens when citizens and police can take a walk together; get online and hear from each other; go to a meeting and speak to one another in a relaxed environment; join together in a class; or on a ride along with a police officer. These are encounters where information is exchanged and trust is built.
We will always have the emergency calls for our services, and we always work hard to provide the best service and professionalism in those situations. We are equally committed to educating the public about issues on the national forefront and of concern locally. But the very best opportunity to strengthen a relationship between a citizen and the police is when we can meet and talk about issues of concern.
For more than 20 years the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has had a Sheriff's Advisory Council. The monthly meetings, in the areas where citizens work and live, is citizen led and provides an opportunity for that face to face discussion about crime issues facing our neighborhoods. JSO police are active participants, and together solutions and recommendations are discussed and implemented. There is an accountability and more importantly, a bond that grows from people knowing they can come to a meeting to get a resolution to a problem, or learn the many ways crime can be prevented. These active members are our "Advisors". Please click here to apply.
More than 30 years ago we began our neighborhood watch groups, and over the years they have grown to numbers as high as 1,000 active neighborhoods. These groups include some folks who come to our monthly meetings, or in some cases hold their own watch group meetings, as each group does at least once a year. Some members like to join their neighbors for the annual "Night Out" for safety near their homes, some like to stay connect to JSO and their neighbors online. These "Members" like to stay connected to JSO and their neighbors, many of them online. Please click here to view the infographic.
Today, in the "virtual" world we live in, some people want to hear about crime in their neighborhoods online. Or they want to learn about Safety Fairs and other JSO activities via the internet, or on various social media channels or free mobile apps. We offer all of those platforms, and also value these opportunities to connect with citizens, no matte how they want to engage with us - in person, once a year, online or a combination of all!
We appreciate everyone who wants to engage with their police, and we're committed to making it easy to do so. Everyone is welcome to connect with us in a manner that works for them!
Becoming an Advisor or Member of Sheriff's Watch is easy. Join us today:
Please click here to fill out an online application to become a Sheriff's Watch Advisor. To download an application please click here.
Nextdoor - This is a free, internet-based application for Jacksonville residents. The JSO contributes Crime & Public Safety information on this channel. Go to nextdoor.com to register your neighborhood or join an existing group.
For a printable file of "Ways to Connect with JSO" and "Citizen Involvement Opportunities" please click on the links below:
- Color Version*
- Black and White Version*
To download a Sheriff's Watch Brochure please click here*.
To find a meeting in your zone:
Zone 1 Gateway Shopping Center, 5258-13 Norwood Avenue
Assistant Chief Jackson Short - (904) 924-5361
Zone 2 Regency Square Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway
Assistant Chief Derrick Mitchell - (904) 726-5100
Zone 3 7100 Powers Avenue
Assistant Chief Mat Nemeth - (904) 828-5463
Zone 4 Cedar Hills Shopping Center, 3276 Blanding Boulevard
Assistant Chief Larry Gayle - (904) 573-3165
Zone 5 Edward Waters College, 1767 Kings Road (Effective Nov. 18, 2013)
Assistant Chief Deloris Patterson - (904) 384-8028 or (904) 470-8900
Zone 6 Highland Square Shopping Center, 936 Dunn Avenue
Assistant Chief Greg Burton - (904) 696-4335
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