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Sheriff's Watch

 

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. 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 – 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; get 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.
 

Upcoming Sheriff’s Watch Monthly Meetings Times / Locations

If you are not sure which meeting to attend please visit the Find My District feature on this website.

 

District 1 (Sectors A, B, C and D)

The monthly meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2024, at the SIAA Building, 210 W. 7th Street. Please contact the District 1 Substation at 904.630.8144 for more information.

District 2 (Sectors E, F, G and H)

The next monthly meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2024, at the District 2 Substation, 9119 Merrill Road. Please contact the District 2 Substation at 904.630.8166 for more information.

District 3 (Sectors I, J, K and L)

The next monthly meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at the District 3 Substation, 8875 Liberty Ridge Drive. Please contact the District 3 Substation at 904.630.8100 for more information.

District 4 (Sectors M, N, O and P)

The next monthly meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at the Lane Wiley Senior Center, 6710 Wiley Road. Please contact the District 4 Substation at 904.630.8133 for more information.

District 5 (Sectors Q, R, S and T)

Those residing in Sectors Q, R, and S are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at the Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center, 1697 Kings Road. 

Those residing in Sector T and Baldwin are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2024, at the Baldwin Senior Center, 850 Center St. N.

Edward Waters University students will not meet in the month of July due to Summer Break.

Please contact the District 5 Substation at 904.470.8900 for more information.

District 6 (U, V, W and X)

The next monthly meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at the Highlands Regional Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue. Please contact the District 6 Substation at 904.630.8688 for more information.


Most Sheriff's Watch groups do not convene in December. Please contact your District Substation for more information. 

What is a Sheriff’s Watch Advisor?

Each Sheriff's Watch Group is 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 Waters 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 District Commander (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.

For more information about Sheriff's Watch and the monthly meetings please contact JSO's Community Engagement Section at 904.630.2160.
 
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