Gold JSO Shield“Face-to-face information sharing is key in planning properly for major changes, such as the implementation of a body-worn camera program for Jacksonville’s police. Now that we are far enough along in our research and study of various programs and policies around the country, I am moving forward with meetings and information exchanges like the ones I had yesterday,” said Sheriff Mike Williams.

These information sharing sessions began on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 when the Sheriff presented to the City Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee. JSO’s next step is to set up six regional town hall meetings, at times and locations convenient for citizens, so they can receive the same information about JSO’s research and proposed body-worn camera program and where citizens can provide their feedback and input.

“Obviously, as part of my continuing dialogue with civic and business leaders on important issues, having a discussion with three civil rights organizations together specifically about body cameras, was a great opportunity. We are much more aligned in our thinking than detractors would like to believe.
The JSO officers that participate in the pilot program, scheduled to roll out later this spring/early summer 2017, will be testing the hardware, software, and (along with other stakeholders) will evaluate the framework of our policy for its efficacy, as well as any issues they may have with various aspects of the program. That’s the importance of a testing phase,” Williams said.

The Sheriff also continues his discussions with the police union, on the issue of body-worn cameras, to ensure they are included in all aspects of the program’s development.

To view the Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Presentation to Public Health & Safety Committee:

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Town Hall Meetings Regarding Body Cameras: 
Complete Schedule

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Edward Waters College,1658 Kings Road
Milne Auditorium

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Florida State College at Jacksonville - North Campus, 4501 Capper Road
Zeke Bryant Auditorium 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Florida State College at Jacksonville - South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.
Wilson Center – Lakeside Room 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Florida State College at Jacksonville - Kent Campus, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd
Large Auditorium     F128  

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Florida State College at Jacksonville - Downtown Campus, 101 W. State Street
Large Auditorium     A106B
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
FSCJ Deerwood Campus, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road
Room B1204 

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