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Sheriff's Watch Programs

Important Information:  Sheriff's Watch meetings scheduled through September 30, 2020 have been postponed. Advisors are encouraged to call the substation or call Community Engagement at 904.630.2160 for information regarding the October meetings. Thank you for understanding! (Updated Tuesday, September 1, 2020)

The Sheriff’s Watch programs focus on citizen engagement with police to make our community a safer place.  The level of participation varies and the programs cater to a wide range of audiences from the main program Sheriff’s Watch down to Sheriff’s Watch – Apartments and Sheriff’s Watch – Business. We have something for everyone!

In this section you will learn about Sheriff’s Watch and upcoming meeting times, along with other programs available under this design including: Sheriff’s Watch – Apartments, Sheriff’s Watch – Business, Sheriff’s Watch – Español, and Sheriff’s Watch – Neighborhood.

To apply to join one or more of these programs please click here to fill out our online application.

What is Sheriff’s Watch?

What strengthens relationships between citizens and police? We believe that happens when citizens and police can take a walk together; gSheriff's Watch logoet online and hear from each other; go to a meeting and speak to one another in a relaxed environment; join together in a class; or on a ride along with a police officer. These encounters are where information is exchanged and trust is built.

We will always have the emergency calls for services, and we always work hard to provide the best service and professionalism in those situations. We are equally committed to educating the public about issues on the national forefront and of concern locally. But the very best opportunity to strengthen a relationship between a citizen and the police is when we can meet and talk about issues of concern.

For more than 20 years the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has had a Sheriff’s Advisory Council. The monthly meetings, in the areas where citizens work and live, is citizen led and provides an opportunity for that face-to-face discussion about crime issues facing our neighborhoods. JSO police are active participants, and together solutions and recommendations are discussed and implemented. There is an accountability and more importantly, a bond that grows from people knowing they can come to a meeting to get a resolution to a problem, or learn the many ways crime can be prevented.

All of this is done with the goal of a safer community and stronger relationships.

Sheriff’s Watch Monthly Meetings Times / Locations

We look forward to having you attend a Sheriff’s Watch meeting in your area of town.  If you are not sure what Zone and Subsector you live in, you can look it up on the JSO Zone and Subsector Map.

Zone 1 - Sector A
Chair: Aisha Alami
Co-Chair: Richard Lewis
Meetings: 11:15 a.m., 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Downtown Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street

Zone 1 - Sector B
Chair: Tim Hope
Co-Chair:  Heather Perry
Meetings: 6 p.m., 4th Tuesday of month, Kennedy Community Center 1133 Ionia Street

Zone 1 - Sector C
Chair: Mary Ann Whittle
Co-Chair: Dr. Alzic Upton
Meetings: 7 p.m., 3rd Thursday of month at Caroline Oaks Apartments, 5175 North Main Street

Zone 2 - Sector D
Chair: David Williams
Co-chair: Jill Haskell
Meetings: 6 p.m., 2nd Thursday of the month at the Regency Square Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway 

Zone 2 - Sector E
Chair: Tony Langhals
Co-chairs:  Arletha Sherman-John
Meetings: 6 p.m., 3rd Thursday of the month at the Regency Square Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway 

Zone 2 - Sector F
Chair: Bob Davis
Co-chair: Harley Herndon
Meetings: 7 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month at the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, 3450 Monument Road

Zone 3 - Sector G
Chair: Robert Henning
Co-Chair: Norman Joseph
Meetings: 7 p.m., 3rd Thursday of the month at the Zone 3 Substation, 8875 Liberty Ridge Drive, Suite 110

Zone 3 - Sector H
Chair: Robin Kaupas
Co-Chair: Don Redmond
Meetings: 7 p.m., 2nd Thursday of the month at the Zone 3 Substation, 8875 Liberty Ridge Drive, Suite 110

Zone 3 - Sector I
Chair: Bonnie Gunston
Co-Chair: Bob Greenlaw
Meetings: 7 p.m., 1st Tuesday of the month at the Zone 3 Substation, 8875 Liberty Ridge Drive, Suite 110

Zone 4 – Sector J
Chair: Alice Turknett
Co-Chair: Jack Vierling
Meetings: 7 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month at the Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd. (Corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Longfellow Street). The meeting will take place in the Boyd Chapel.

Zone 4 - Sector K
Chair: Moire' Rae Walker
Co-Chair: CeCe Crawford
Meetings: 7 p.m., 1st Monday of the month at the Lane Wiley Senior Center, 6710 Wiley Ave.

Zone 4 - Sector L
Chair: David Pendley
Co-Chair: John Tackett
Meetings: 7 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 8701 Argyle Forest Blvd.  (New Location Effective April 2019)

Zone 5 - Sector M
Chair: Delores Swain
Co-Chair: Eric Walters
Meetings: 6 p.m., 2nd Monday of month at Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center, 1697 Kings Rd.

Zone 5 - Sector N
Chair: Rhonda Boyd
Co-Chair: Willie Frank Lyons
Meetings: 6 p.m., 1st Monday of month at Legends Center, 5054 Soutel Dr.

Zone 5 - Sector O
Chair: Genevieve Wing
Co-Chair: Joe Warwick
Meetings: 7:30 p.m., 2nd Monday of month at the Picketville Civic Center, 3459 Lane Avenue North

Zone 5 - Edward Waters College (EWC)
Chair: Dr. Benjamin C. Okafor, Sr.
Co-Chair: Termil McClain
Meetings: 12 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of the month at Edward Waters College, 1767 Kings Road, Room 122

Zone 5 - Baldwin
Chair: Alice Bowen
Co-Chair: To Be Announced
Meetings: 6 p.m., 1st Tuesday of month at the Baldwin Community Center, 850 Center Street 

Zone 6 - Sector P
Chair: Gary Hughes
Co-Chair: Joseph Tate
Meetings: 6 p.m., 3rd Tuesday of month at the JSO/FSCJ Criminal Justice Training Center, located at 4715 Capper Road, west of FSCJ's North Campus past the baseball stadium.

Zone 6 - Sector Q
Chair: Nancy Burnett
Co-Chair: Jamie Lacy
Meetings: 6 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month at Oceanway Senior Center, 12215-3 Sago Avenue West, Jacksonville, FL 32218  (New Location Effective May 2019)

*Note: Sheriff's Watch meetings are subject to change. Please contact the zone telephone number to verify meeting time and location before the meeting date. Please note that most Sheriff's Watch Groups do not meet in December. In November all Sheriff's Watch Groups meet together for an annual citywide meeting.

What is a Sheriff’s Watch Advisor?

Sheriff’s Watch Advisors engage with us in person, four times in a calendar year by participating in monthly meetings, volunteering at a Sheriff’s Watch Safety Fair, attending a Coffee with a Cop or Haircuts and Conversation, participating in a Neighborhood Crime Prevention Walk hosted by JSO, or participating in National Night Out.

What is a Sheriff’s Watch Member?

Today, in the “virtual” world we live in, some people want to hear about crime in their neighborhoods or about JSO activities via the Internet. Sheriff’s Watch Members engage with us online and through neighborhood watch groups, at their convenience. If you join an existing Nextdoor “neighborhood” or start a new one, you are considered a Sheriff’s Watch Member. To learn more about Nextdoor please visit

Additionally, if you are a part of a neighborhood watch group, also known as Sheriff’s Watch – Neighborhood, you are a member of Sheriff’s Watch.

Sheriff’s Watch – Apartments

The Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments program is a voluntary partnership between the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, property managers, owners, staff, and residents.

The goal is to provide a framework for a coordinated effort among all parties, in order to engage residents and management with the police and help them create a residence committed to safety and the prevention of crime.

The program offers training to management and staff. Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments Coordinators are assigned to help facilitate the flow of information among each community’s participants.

There are three levels of participation and certification in the Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments program. The benefits of joining are outlined below. The levels of membership, requirements, and the benefits for each level are also detailed in the Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments Information Handbook.

For more information please contact the Sheriff's Watch - Apartments Coordinator in your zone.

If you are unsure which zone your apartment community is located in, please find your zone on the interactive map. We look forward to working with you!


As the manager of the property you will receive training through a program taught by a Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments Coordinator. There are no fees associated with participating in the training. 

Benefits Include:

  • You will have access to a Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments Coordinator specifically for trespass related issues.
  • Use of the Manager’s Toolbox located online at
  • The rental community will be listed on JSO’s public website ( showing that It is a “Level One-Bronze” certified property
  • You will receive a “Level One—Bronze” Certificate for display in your leasing office
  • As a “Level One—Bronze” member you will automatically become a member of Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments, and also have the opportunity to join other Sheriff’s Watch programs.

After the completion of “Level One”, a property assessment evaluation will be conducted (upon request) by the assigned Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments Coordinator. The Maintenance Supervisor will receive Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments training, as the property must meet the landscaping criteria identified in the evaluation. The Manager of the rental property will be required to have an established method of communication with residents.

Benefits Include:
  • An on-site property assessment evaluation will be provided at no charge, upon request
  • You will receive additional access to your Sheriff’s Watch—Apartments Coordinator for trespass issues, specific incidents and a Property Assessment Inspection
  • Use of the Manager’s Toolbox located online at
  • The rental community will be listed on JSO’s Website ( showing that it is a “Level Two-Silver” certified property
  • You will receive a “Level Two—Silver” Certificate for display in your rental office

In addition to the completion of “Level One” and “Level Two”, the community must meet all the requirements outlined in the property assessment evaluation.

Benefits Include:

  • You will have full access to a Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments Coordinator for any issues or incidents related to the Sheriff’s Watch – Apartments Program.
  • Use of the Manager’s toolbox located online at  (and program related software)
  • The rental community will be listed on the JSO public website ( showing that it is a “Level Three—Gold” certified property
  • You will receive a “Level Three—Gold” Certificate for display in your rental office
  • The property shall purchase Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments signs to display on site, showing participation in the program
  • We will provide Property Management with the Sheriff’s Watch — Apartments logo for use in advertisements about the property for the duration of the Gold Level distinction
  •  A JSO Officer will conduct a yearly tenants’ meeting and/or property walk.
  • “Level Three—Gold” properties will be eligible to receive recognition from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff’s Watch – Business

Business leaders, from small companies to large ones, ask us about ways to help their employees get information about keeping themselves and their families safe. This program allows us to help you help your employees with that valuable citizen / police connection and teach them about topics such as: cyber bullying, economic crimes, and more!

» Apply for Sheriff's Watch - Business today!

Sheriff’s Watch – Español

The goal of Sheriff’s Watch – Español is to help bridge the relationship between JSO and citizens in the Hispanic community and provide a way to get information from JSO about safety concerns and solutions. This is also an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the police about crime issues in your neighborhood. For more information about upcoming meetings please call the International Affairs Office at 904.630.0914 or email

Sheriff’s Watch – Neighborhood

Sheriff’s Watch – Neighborhood, also known as a neighborhood watch group, is a program designed for neighbors to watch out for other neighbors during times when criminal activity would most likely occur, and report suspicious activity to the police.

A police officer patrolling your neighborhood may not recognize a stranger in your yard, but your neighborhoods would. Neighbors known who you are the type of car you drive. They may be the first to notice a burglar at your window or door – or a strange car in your driveway.

For more information about this program please contact the Community Engagement Office at 904.630.2160.

Sheriff’s Watch – River

Citizens living and working on the beautiful waterways in Jacksonville find themselves with a unique vulnerability and crime challenge.

This network of river-facing businesses and homes provides a virtual “neighborhood watch” that includes alerts from JSO and the ever important connection to one another.

For more information about this program please contact the Community Engagement Office at 904.630.2160.

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