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Citizen Engagement Opportunities
Sheriff's Watch Programs

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.
 

Important Information

  • Starting in October 2020, all Sheriff's Watch meetings will take place online. Please check Nextdoor or call the substation for meeting information. Thank you for understanding. (Updated Monday, October 5, 2020)

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

Meetings will be conducted on WebEx. Participants may call in or log in to the video chat using their smartphone or computer. Each month meeting information will be available on Nextdoor and by calling the Zone Office.  If you are not sure which sector meeting to attend please visit the Find My Zone feature on this website.

Zone 1 - Sector A
Chair: Vacant
Co-Chair: Richard Lewis
Meetings: 11 a.m., 3rd Wednesday of every month 
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector A Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 1 substation.

Zone 1 - Sector B
Chair: Tim Hope
Co-Chair:  Heather Perry
Meetings: 6 p.m., 4th Tuesday of month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector B Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 1 substation.

Zone 1 - Sector C
Chair: Mary Ann Whittle
Co-Chair: Dr. Alzic Upton
Meetings: 7 p.m., 3rd Thursday of month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector C Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 1 substation.

Zone 2 - Sector D
Chair: David Williams
Co-chair: Jill Haskell
Meetings: 6 p.m., 2nd Thursday of the month
Upcoming Meeting:  A combined Zone 2 Sheriff's Watch Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 2 substation.

Zone 2 - Sector E
Chair: Tony Langhals
Co-chairs:  Arletha Sherman-John
Meetings: 6 p.m., 3rd Thursday of the month
Upcoming Meeting:  A combined Zone 2 Sheriff's Watch Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 2 substation.

Zone 2 - Sector F
Chair: Bob Davis
Co-chair: Harley Herndon
Meetings: 7 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month
Upcoming Meeting:  A combined Zone 2 Sheriff's Watch Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 2 substation.

Zone 3 - Sector G
Chair: Robert Henning
Co-Chair: Norman Joseph
Meetings: 7 p.m., 3rd Thursday of the month 

Zone 3 - Sector H
Chair: Robin Kaupas
Co-Chair: Don Redmond
Meetings: 7 p.m., 2nd Thursday of the month 

Zone 3 - Sector I
Chair: Bonnie Gunston
Co-Chair: Bob Greenlaw
Meetings: 7 p.m., 1st Tuesday of the month  

Zone 4 – Sector J
Chair: Alice Turknett
Co-Chair: Jack Vierling
Meetings: 7 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector J Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 4 substation.

Zone 4 - Sector K
Chair: Moire' Rae Walker
Co-Chair: CeCe Crawford
Meetings: 7 p.m., 1st Monday of the month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector K Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 4 substation.

Zone 4 - Sector L
Chair: David Pendley
Co-Chair: John Tackett
Meetings: 7 p.m., 1st Thursday of the month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector L Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 4 substation.

Zone 5 - Sector M
Chair: Delores Swain
Co-Chair: Eric Walters
Meetings: 6 p.m., 2nd Monday of month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector M Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 5 substation.

Zone 5 - Sector N
Chair: Rhonda Boyd
Co-Chair: Willie Frank Lyons
Meetings: 6 p.m., 1st Monday of month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector N Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 5 substation.

Zone 5 - Sector O
Chair: Genevieve Wing
Co-Chair: Joe Warwick
Meetings: 7:30 p.m., 2nd Monday of month
Upcoming Meeting: The Sector O Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 5 substation.

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

Zone 5 - Baldwin
Chair: Alice Bowen
Co-Chair: Mellivene Johnson
Meetings: 6 p.m., 1st Tuesday of month
Upcoming Meeting: The Baldwin Sheriff's Watch is scheduled to meet Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. on WebEx (Online Meeting). For information on how to connect please visit Nextdoor or call the Zone 5 substation.

Zone 6 - Sector P
Chair: Gary Hughes
Co-Chair: Joseph Tate
Meetings: 6 p.m., 3rd Tuesday of month

Zone 6 - Sector Q
Chair: Nancy Burnett
Co-Chair: Jamie Lacy
Meetings: 6 p.m., 4th Tuesday of the month

*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?

Each of the 19 Sheriff's Watch Groups are led by a Chair and Co-Chair who serve as an important Advisor to the Sheriff. These individuals aide JSO in carrying out the agency's mission by helping to bridge us with citizens throughout their area of the city. Additionally, Advisors meet with Sheriff Williams and his staff on a quarterly basis.

Ways to Be a Sheriff’s Watch Member

Engage with us by particpating in:

  • Monthly Sheriff's Watch Meetings in the Sector where you live or where your business is located
  • Be an active member of a neighborhood watch group
  • Join the Sheriff, your Zone Assistant Chief, Lieutenants, or Sergeants for a neighborhood walk
  • Attend a "Coffee With a Cop" or "Haircuts and Conversation" - help promote it to your neighbors and friends
  • Participate in National Night Out (first Tuesday in August)
  • Volunteer at a Sheriff's Watch Safety Fair
  • Join an existing Nextdoor neighborhood or start a new one. To learn more please visit Nextdoor.com.

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!

LEVEL ONE - BRONZE

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 jaxsheriff.org
  • The rental community will be listed on JSO’s public website (jaxsheriff.org) 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.
LEVEL TWO: SILVER

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 jaxsheriff.org
  • The rental community will be listed on JSO’s Website (jaxsheriff.org) showing that it is a “Level Two-Silver” certified property
  • You will receive a “Level Two—Silver” Certificate for display in your rental office
LEVEL THREE: GOLD

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 jaxsheriff.org  (and program related software)
  • The rental community will be listed on the JSO public website (jaxsheriff.org) 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 - APARTMENTS RESOURCES:

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 JSOInternationalAffairs@jaxsheriff.org.

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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