Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jacksonville's Struggle with Crime

Everyone in Jacksonville, Florida is concerned about the level of violent crime that is consuming his or her community. Some state officials and respected religious leaders want to make a change. They believe that special programs can help the community combat crime and remove drug dealers. Many psychologists believe the best way to handle the city's problem, is to examine why the violence is happening.

There are many reasons that will cause someone to become violent or willing to commit murder. For instance, he or she could be greedy or angry with the person they have attacked. Currently, religious leaders are sponsoring community programs that give out cash and jobs for guns. Now, many want to give out an education voucher instead, since a diploma can change his or her life.

Frightening Facts

According to the Florida Times-Union (2006), the Federal Bureau of Investigations recently named Jacksonville, as the Murder Capitol of Florida. The Sheriff's Homicide Detectives have been overwhelmed and overworked, due to the rise in violent crime. In 2006, during the first six months of the year, the homicide rate had already risen to "81" (COJ, 2007). Recently, the state officials decided to turn to the public for help in solving these crimes.

"There won't be a Blueprint for Prosperity if we're the murder capitol of the world, because no business will come into this city."(Mayor Peyton, 2006)

State officials have been combining their resources, in a team effort to reduce the violence plaguing the city. The daily level of violence has infiltrated local schools and their neighborhoods. Last year, several young children died inside their own home, due to stray bullets. Now, the city official's are bringing attention to Jacksonville's "Save our Streets" program.

Getting Involved

Most public officials are getting involved and looking for ways to involve the local residents. These public programs will help local families change their future, while taking guns off the street permanently. Currently, state officials and religious leaders are working together to change the communities. Since, the city needs people to will stand up and fight for the city, which they call their home.

"Public Safety involves partnership. I invite you to partner with your men and women in blue uniforms. When citizens and police officers know and trust one another, they become unified in their approach to crime" (Sheriff John Rutherford, 2006).

This program will take a lot of sacrifice and hard work from every single resident and local official. Every community must stand united and fight for their right to be safe in their own home. Honestly, the police will never be able to stop the violence, which is consuming various communities. In addition, many local residents are afraid of helping the police, due to the fear of retaliation.


According to Rushing (2006), Florida's Governor Jeb Bush believes that the FBI statistics can be misleading. The city's Mayor believes the economy will suffer, due to the loss of new businesses andresidents. However, the city's officials agree that mentoring and education is the key to making Jacksonville safe again. Furthermore, some officials think that his office is not doing enough to help combat crime.

The city is urging all local citizens, to stand up and stop tolerating the violence in their neighborhood. Nevertheless, many leaders and officials are arguing that education is the key to stopping this growing epidemic. These public programs will help take guns off the street permanently, while changing the River City's future. Therefore, Jacksonville's struggle with violence can finally end.


City of Jacksonville (2006) A message from Sheriff John Rutherford. (City of Jacksonville Website)
Retrieved on September 18, 2006

City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville's Sheriff's Office Official Website(Statistical Data)
Retrieved on October 4, 2006

Rushing, J. (2006, July) Slayings down in Florida in 2005 Bush notes Jacksonville's homicide rate, but some say the statistics are misleading. Jacksonville, FL: Florida Times-Union, pg. B.1, Retrieved on September 17, 2006, ProQuest Database

Unknown Author (2006), MURDER RATE: Peyton takes charge. Florida Times- Union, Pg. B.6. Retrieved on September 17, 2006; ProQuest Database.

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