About the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
The 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
The 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
patrol 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.
Jacksonville 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.