by: Samuel King Updated:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will add 10 more surveillance cameras to targeted areas in an effort to combat crime. JSO would not reveal the planned locations of the cameras.
Officials also confirmed that JSO will take over more enforcement of illegal dumping in the city, with an additional 10 cameras targeted for that purpose. Those will not be covert and will be placed in 10 hot spots for dumping. JSO believes repeat offenders will fall in line once the cameras are deployed.
“Once we put some teeth into it and show that we're serious about it, that will occur,” said Pat Ivey, an assistant chief for JSO. “No. 1 (on the list) will fall off, and we just go to No. 11 on the list and so forth and so forth, and we’ll roll that around until we get some overall compliance with this issue.”
The funding for both sets of cameras will come from money seized in criminal investigations. Sheriff John Rutherford offered to take over the illegal dumping function, which would save the city’s Department of Public Works thousands of dollars in its budget.
“The enforcement issue is major, and with the enforcement issue being totally controlled by Sheriff's Office, that's where the difference is made,” said Council Member Denise Lee, who chairs the City Council committee aimed at fighting blight in neighborhoods.
JSO says the order for the cameras was approved by the sheriff Wednesday morning and should go out by Thursday.
The Sheriff's Office said it did not want to reveal the locations of the cameras to avoid tipping off criminals.