by: Leslie Coursey Updated:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A surge in violent crime led to the start of Operation Ceasefire -- Sheriff John Rutherford's plan to increase patrols and install security cameras in Northwest Jacksonville neighborhoods.
Chief Pat Ivey with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told a city blight committee Wednesday that patrols in the area have increased since April. And in about 60 days, 20 surveillance cameras will be installed.
"We're going to do 10 dump sites and 10 active investigation/high crime area cameras," Ivey said.
It's exactly what city councilwoman Denise Lee has been waiting to hear -- especially after seeing a map showing all the crimes that have occurred along Moncrief Road in the past year.
"It looks like a Christmas tree," she said.
Ivey said the cameras won't cost taxpayers a dime. The sheriff gave the go ahead to use forfeiture funds to pay for them.
Ivey said you won't know where all of them are, but they'll be watching.