Tag: body cameras
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A.G. GancarskiNovember 21, 2016
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6min233
More transparency. More community engagement. More meetings. More body cameras. And higher millage rates. And that August pension reform referendum? Spoiler: that sales tax extension is not going to provide enough money to pay for what’s needed. Such insights abounded in the long-awaited final report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office‘s strategic initiative task forces. It […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 2, 2016
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4min154
Addressing a Jacksonville City Council committee Tuesday, Sheriff Mike Williams signaled his department’s commitment to a pilot program for body cameras “sooner than later,” even as major questions remain about hardware costs, capabilities of cameras, and time frame of deployment. Williams expects to have the program begun “no later than the spring,” he told the […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 7, 2016
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5min231
At the police memorial building in Jacksonville, Sheriff Mike Williams and Mayor Lenny Curry presented a united front Thursday in discussing public safety. Among the topics: the deployment of officers — 24,000 man hours, at approximately a million dollars this fiscal year — for overtime detail, a strategic deployment in neighborhoods facing the gravest challenges. As well, […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 1, 2016
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3min195
The changing of the guard in Jacksonville City Council happened Thursday afternoon, with Lori Boyer being sworn into the presidency at the Ritz Theater. Boyer pledged an “ambitious agenda,” one undeterred by Jacksonville’s fiscal reality. “I realized months ago that the budget would not accommodate any big initiative,” Boyer said, yet she wanted to develop a […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 27, 2016
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2min316
Jacksonville is in for a tight budget year, and amidst pressures from community activists such as Diallo Sekou and R.L. Gundy to budget for body cameras for the beleaguered Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, some provisional good news came through in a letter from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last week. The FDLE received an appropriation of $250,000 […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 3, 2016
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6min208
One of the more compellingly titled emails from Jacksonville government servers recently: a missive from pastor R.L. Gundy to the mayor and the city council entitled “Citizen Review Board, Independent Investigations, Death Penalty and Referendum.” Gundy, a politically active Baptist preacher, is known for his blistering fusillades against politicians like State Attorney Angela Corey. He also has been […]

Ryan RayMarch 24, 2016
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A day after signing nine bills into law on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott gave final approval to 33 bills passed during the 2016 Legislative Session late Thursday morning. The raft of newly enacted legislation includes HB 93 by Democratic Rep. Shevrin Jones, which requires Florida law enforcement agencies to “establish policies and procedures regarding the use” of police body cameras. […]

Ryan RayFebruary 5, 2016
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2min205
A bill to require the use of body cameras for Florida law enforcement officers is ready for a vote before the full House after getting final approval in a committee. The House Judiciary Committee passed HB 93 by Rep. Shevrin Jones by a unanimous vote Thursday. Jones, a Broward Democrat, said his bill would provide comprehensive protections for both citizens […]


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