the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office “is unique in that the law enforcement agency is an integral part of the City of
Jacksonville. In 1968, the City of Jacksonville consolidated with Duval County to form one governing body. The Jacksonville
Police Department and the Duval County Road Patrol combined to create the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Because of
this consolidation, JSO is led by an elected sheriff and provides law enforcement to the community, detention for law breaking
individuals and also prevention programs through community policing, community affairs and the Police Athletic League.”
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employs approximately 1,600 police officers, 700 correctional officers and 700 civilian
personnel in five departments: Department of Patrol and Enforcement; Department of Investigation and Homeland Security; Department
of Police Services; Department of Personnel and Professional Standards; and the Department of Corrections.
function of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office falls under the direction of the Department of Patrol and Enforcement. It is divided between Patrol Division East (Zones 1, 2, and 3) and Patrol Division
West (Zones 4, 5, and 6). Police Officers assigned to the Patrol Divisions are the "first responders" to a call
for police service. Patrol is generally considered the backbone of a police agency, not only because it is
the largest component of the organization but also due to the variety of calls the officers handle. The Police
officers respond to reports of crime, conduct traffic control and enforcement, perform many community policing functions
and contribute to the investigative role through diligent follow-up. Each Patrol Division is directed by a chief.
Sheriff's Office Department of Corrections is made up of 686 certified corrections officers and civilian personnel and encompasses
three correctional facilities for the secure, humane, corrective and productive detention of individuals incarcerated in Duval
County. The largest of these facilities is the John E. Goode Pretrial Detention Facility (PDF) located in downtown Jacksonville,
adjacent to the Police Memorial Building and conveniently located near the Duval County Court House. A state-of-the-art facility
when opened in April 1991, the PDF is a twelve-story building with an inmate capacity of 2,189. All individuals arrested in
Duval County pass through the portals of the PDF where they are booked on their criminal charges. Prior to a first appearance
hearing many individuals will be released through various legal avenues. Individuals not eligible for release will be housed
at PDF until disposition of the criminal charges.