Jacksonville city leaders discussing how new task force on crime and safety should look like

It’s a task force designed to help reduce crime in Jacksonville and keep the city safe. Jacksonville City Council members and leaders from across the city gathered Tuesday afternoon to talk about how the Task Force on Safety and Crime Reduction will look and who will lead it.

Most of the nearly 80-minute discussion, WOKV was tapped in to, was centered around who should lead the task force.

Some of the city council members who were at the meeting were in favor of having one person lead the task force.

“Somebody’s got to be in charge, and I think when you have more than one chair, you don’t have that.” City Council President Aaron Bowman said.

While others who came to the meeting were not in favor of having a single leader.

Councilman Reggie Gaffney said he is in favor of having multiple people lead the task force and have one of them be from Jacksonville’s urban core.

“I just think that somebody from the core community need to chair us.” Gaffney said.

It’s important to note during the meeting there were no decisions made, and its not known when the next meeting on the task force will be.

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