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Jacksonville Has 'Some Of The Worst' Crime Zip Codes In Florida

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday at the Task Force On Safety and Crime Reduction meeting that law enforcement along cannot solve Jacksonville's crime problem.
Bob Self
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The city’s newly-formed Task Force on Safety and Crime Reduction recently had its first meeting.

The group, which met Friday, is charged with combating violent crime in our area - a tall order in Jacksonville, which has been Florida’s murder capital for most of the last 20 years.

Addressing longstanding poverty issues in the city is expected to be a major focus.

Florida Times-Union Reporter David Bauerlein, who covered the meeting, appeared on First Coast Connect With Melissa Rosson Monday with a look at the issue.

“The zip codes in Jacksonville that are doing the worst are not just the worst in Northeast Florida, they’re some of the worst in the entire state,” Bauerlein said.

This is not the first time city leaders have tried to tackle violent crime rates.

The Jacksonville Journey anti-crime initiative was created a decade ago and its programs did reduce violence. But when the recession hit, city budget cuts slashed Journey programs, and murder rates and violent crime rates went back up.

You can read Bauerlein’s story on

Melissa Ross can be reached at, 904-358-6382 or on Twitter at @MelissainJax.

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Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.