Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville’s Sheriff says tight resources are hampering efforts to combat crime.
In April, 33 people were shot in Jacksonville, seven fatally. JSO says they are reassigning whatever resources they can to some of the more high crime areas, but it’s more difficult now than prior years.
“The problem is being 147 policemen short and 92 community service officers short from where we were just back in 2011 when crime and murder were at the lowest levels we’ve had in over 40 years,” Sheriff John Rutherford tells our partner Action News.
With those cuts coming as a result of tight budgets, WOKV went straight to the Mayor to see whether more money needs to be put toward keeping your streets safe.
I was told Mayor Alvin Brown was unavailable for an interview, but received a statement from his office saying talks are ongoing between Brown, Rutherford and the City Council “to consider the most efficient use of taxpayer resources to support public safety.” The statement further says decisions will be made as the picture firms up on next year’s budget.
The Mayor must present his budget by July 15.