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Proposed plan puts more police officers in Jacksonville Beach, some say at a hefty price
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Proposed plan puts more police officers in Jacksonville Beach, some say at a hefty price

Proposed plan puts more police officers in Jacksonville Beach, some say at a hefty price
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Jacksonville Beach police were called to the beach after a fight broke out.

Proposed plan puts more police officers in Jacksonville Beach, some say at a hefty price

The streets of Jacksonville Beach could be a little safer this summer, but it comes at a price. 

Jacksonville Beach Police plan to expand a program that would put four more officers on patrol and would cost tax payers $493,000.

The plan would potentially expand the Community Assisted Police Effort unit known as CAPE. The unit already has five officers.  If city council approves the proposal, a total of nine people would serve within the unit.

The plan comes as more beach goers flock to Jacksonville Beach as the weather gets warmer. 

Last Memorial Day, officers from Jacksonville, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach assisted Jacksonville Beach officers in regaining order after a large brawl broke out.

Even though the brawl happened less than a year ago, some residents don’t see the need for increased police presence around the beach community.

“There’s enough police out here,” said one Jacksonville Beach resident.

The man said he has lived in the area for about 10 years.  He said he has witnessed crime, but doesn’t see crime to be a serious problem.  

“The local police do a great job, but they could always use a little more help,” said another resident.

The man said almost a half million dollars for an additional four people seems “a little bit high” but he would still like to see more cops on the streets.

WOKV reached out to Jacksonville Beach Police Sgt. Thomas Crumley.  Sgt. Crumley said he couldn’t give more information until city council passes the plan, but he did confirm if passed, a sergeant and three more officers would be on patrol.

City council is scheduled to meet Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposal.

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