The Special Events Unit is responsible for the planning and coordination of major planned events requiring a large deployment of officers, ensuring both public safety and resolving difficult traffic pattern problems surrounding the events. This unit interacts and partners not only with other units within the Sheriff's Office, but also with other city, state, and private entities from around the state and country to provide a safe environment and expedient traffic flows for those in attendance.
Along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Florida/Georgia, and TaxSlayer Bowl football games at EverBank Field, this unit coordinates parades and holiday festivities. There are also many other events which draw a larger number of visitors to the city and are coordinated by this unit. These events include, but are not limited to the Gate River Run, Lighted Boat Parade and the July 4th fireworks celebration.
In 2015, the Special Events Unit was also involved in the planning and delivery of:
In 2005, the Special Events Unit coordinated Super Bowl XXXIX. This was an event that was five years in planning and was the showcase event of the year for the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
More information about the Special Events Unit is available on pages 82-83 of the 2015 Patrol and Enforcement Departmental Report*.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Special Events Unit
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