Mayor Alvin Brown announcing new crime prevention & intervention strategies at the annual martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in January 2015.In his speech at the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Mayor Brown announced a comprehensive series of crime prevention and intervention strategies that involve faith leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, parks, youth sports, law enforcement and the juvenile justice system working together to help keep Jacksonville’s young people out of trouble. 

News Release: Mayor Brown Launches Crime Prevention & Intervention Strategies (Jan. 16, 2015)

Crime Prevention & Intervention Initiatives Fact Sheet | Watch video from Mayor Brown's speech

Reopen and Extend Hours at Community Centers

In order to give teens a safe place to gather with adult supervision when school is out, Mayor Brown will seek to re-open five community centers for afterschool and summer programming, and extend afterschool and evening hours at one additional community center. The community centers will be open from March 2 through September 30, 2015, Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the school year and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. during summer break. 
Center Name Address Council District 
Blue Cypress 4012 University Boulevard  1
Joe James 1631 Hurst Place 8
Lew Brantley Park
(McGirts Creek Park)
8435 118th Street 12
Lewis-Cobb (Beverly Hills)  4511 Portsmouth Dr. 10
Westside 1601 Line Street 9
Extended Hours
Center Name Address Council District 
Johnnie Walker (Grand Park)  2500 West 20th Street  9

Expand Summer Urban Parks Initiative (Rec ’n Roll Jax)

Mayor Brown will seek to expand the Summer Urban Parks Initiative (Rec 'n Roll Jax) to additional parks this summer. The program provides adult-supervised recreation activities. Thanks to private support, Rec 'n Roll Jax started last summer for eight weeks at 10 parks in high-crime neighborhoods. Within a half-mile radius of all but one of the these parks, crime rates declined during the time the Rec 'n Roll Jax program was in operation. The program will be offered June 15 through August 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Park Name Address Council District
Bruce Park 6549 Arlington Road 7
Carvill Park 1302 Carvill Avenue 8
Charles ”Boobie” Clark Park 8793 Sibbald Road 10
Clanzel T. Brown Park 4575 Moncrief Road 8
Grunthal Park 1660 West 13th Street 8
J. Gardner Nip Sams 7000 Richardson Road 10
Johnnie Walker Park 2500 West 20th Street 9
Julius Guinyard Park 1359 Jefferson Street 7
Panama Park 6912 Buffalo Avenue 7
Lem Merrett Park 845 Ellis Road South 9
Pine Forest Park 3939 Grant Road 9
Raye Greene Park 2149 Leonid Road 8
Tallulah Park 382 Tallulah Avenue 8
Thomas Jefferson Park 320 Jackson Avenue 12
Warrington Park 325 Bowlan Street 2
Willowbranch Park 2870 Sydney Street 14
Woodstock Park 2839 West Beaver Street 9
Yancey Park 3352 Soutel Drive

Develop a Youth Sports Initiative Focused on Personal Accountability

Mayor Brown will develop a youth sports initiative, partnering with youth sports organizations in City of Jacksonville parks to implement best practices that promote personal accountability and sportsmanship. An estimated 20,000 children and teens participate in organized sports leagues every year in Jacksonville’s public parks, offering an ideal opportunity to encourage self-respect, respect for others, positive teamwork and effective conflict resolution.

Add Neighborhood Accountability Board in Arlington for First-Time Juvenile Offenders

Mayor Brown will seek to increase the number of first-time nonviolent juvenile offenders able to participate in the Teen Court by adding a fourth Neighborhood Accountability Board site in Arlington, supplementing those already in operation at Ribault, on the Westside and in Mayport. Based on a restorative justice model, the program holds juveniles accountable for misdemeanor offenses as an alternative to arrest, detention and a criminal record.

Establish an Evening Reporting Center for Juvenile Offenders

To reduce recidivism, Mayor Brown will seek to establish an Evening Reporting Center as a constructive alternative to detention while providing needed services, supervision and support to help juvenile offenders get back on the right track.  It also keeps young people from being locked up with offenders that have committed more serious crimes. The Center is being developed in partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the State Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office.

Enhance Faith-Based Efforts

The Office of the Mayor will work with local pastors and other faith leaders, with the  goals of: 1) expanding faith-based mentoring to young people; 2) recruiting faith leaders to serve as “pastoral interrupters,” on call to respond to crime scenes, hospitals or the homes of victims’ families to counsel against retaliatory violence; and 3) coordinating with faith leaders to preach messages with a common theme during worship services, focusing on topics like fatherhood, respect and breaking the silence that protects wrongdoers.

Organize Neighbor-Based Community Empowerment Days

The City of Jacksonville will partner with private sector, non-profit and faith-based groups to coordinate half-day or full-day weekend events in high-crime neighborhoods, with the goal of connecting families with service providers.  Beginning in February, the first events will be hosted at the Eureka Gardens, Washington Heights and Cleveland Arms apartment complexes, with more to be added.
For more information, please contact: (904) 630-7555.
Location Address Council District
February 7
Eureka Gardens Apartments
1214 LaBelle Street
February 21
Washington Heights Apartments
4229 Moncrief Road
March 7
Cleveland Arms Apartments
5020 Cleveland Road
April 18
Caroline Arms Apartments
6457 Fort Caroline Road
April 25
Hilltop Village Apartments
1646 West 45th Street
May 16
Roosevelt Garden Apartments
702 North Lincoln Court

Increase Summer Job Opportunities for Teens

Mayor Brown will work with JAX Chamber to recruit more businesses to provide summer employment for teens, in conjunction with a job fair that is being organized for the spring by the Young Leaders Advisory Council. The goal is to provide more young people with the opportunity to gain real-world work experience in the private sector and begin preparing for future careers.