Rutherford: Crime is going down but not nearly enough

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Five weeks after announcing Operation Ceasefire, Rutherford updated the media on the status of the initiative and violent crime in Jacksonville. Operation Ceasefire focuses on police zone 5, which includes New Kings Road, Kings Road, and parts of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Fla. -- After a violent April , Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford announced an initiative to curb violent crime.

During the Friday news conference Rutherford said thus far in the initiative almost 14,000 doors have been knocked on and officers continue community walks in targeted hot spots. JSO is also beginning to target "prolific offenders" and have so far made 41 felony arrests, 67 misdemeanor arrests and have handed out almost 500 traffic citations. Officers have also seized 17 guns in zone 5, the targeted area. Rutherford also stated JSO is seeing an increase in violent crime just outside of the targeted area.

"Crime is going down but not nearly enough," Rutherford added.

Since May 20, the day the operation was announced, zone 5 has experienced 102 aggravated assaults, 11 carjackings, 26 street robberies and two residential robberies, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office crime mapping program.


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