Violent crime impacts our communities in many ways. It tears apart families, disrupts lives, and diminishes the sense of safety a community feels.
One of the top priorities of the State Attorney’s Office is to curb violent crime and enhance public safety. It does this through the work of dedicated attorneys prosecuting those who commit such acts. It also does this through proactive participation in proven prevention and intevention programs aimed to divert juvenile offenders before they commit violent crimes.
Early dedicated efforts have been through partnerships with law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level to combat illegal gun crimes.
Utilizing law enforcement partnerships
The office in February 2017 announced a partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida that will ensure appropriate referral and federal prosecution of criminals and drug dealers who use and possess firearms.
Under this new partnership, an ATF agent will be housed on-site within the State Attorney’s Office to review all firearm cases for potential federal firearm charges when appropriate. The on-site presence allows for greater intelligence sharing, ensuring armed career criminals face stricter federal minimum mandatory sentences.
Shortly after the announcement, another partnership effort among the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office was announced to combat violent gun crime. With city funding, the three advocated for the purchase of an Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS) that will allow quicker turnaround of ballistics analysis all cases involving firearms. Housed within the sheriff’s office, casings from any crime scene could be readily uploaded to generate real-time leads and assist law enforcement in solving and preventing violent crime.
Check back regularly to see the initatives the office is undertaking to help keep the public safe.