the Jacksonville Police Department
Thomas J. Rusk brought the Texas Army into this area to search for the renegades who had committed the murders. One of his
soldiers, Kentucky native Jackson Smith, was scouting along Gum Creek when he found a spot so beautiful that he vowed to return
and make his home there. Nine years later, he Jackson Smith returned and eventually the City of Jacksonville was formed.
the Jacksonville Police Department operates a full service law enforcement agency for a city of approximately 14,000. The Jacksonville Police Department operates on a 2.2 million budget. In addition to the chief of police, the Jacksonville Police Department is staffed by one assistant chief,
five sergeants, 16 patrol officers, 6 police officers assigned to criminal investigations and approximately 10 non-sworn employees
in various positions such as secretary and dispatch.