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Sheriff announces community task forces

Sheriff Williams announces community initiative at a news conference on the Southbank.JU president Tim Cost is behind him in the green tie.
Sheriff Williams announces community initiative at a news conference on the Southbank.JU president Tim Cost is behind him in the green tie.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three months to the day since he took office, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams launch a new effort he hopes will help the Sheriff's Office.

Williams on Thursday announced the Sheriff's Strategic Initiative, which will consists of four community task forces to work on issues he heard about during his campaign: training, transparency, resources and community engagement.. The community's efforts will be led by Tim Cost, president of Jacksonville University.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will not be directly involved in the work of these task forces, but benefit from their information and suggestions. 

"This is an opportunity for us to have some connection with the community and listen in this format in this task-force environment, listen to what they have to say and create some actionable recommendations that we can put into place," Williams said. "That can make us better and help us have a better connection with the community."

The task force meetings will be advertised to the public. Williams expects their work will take six to nine months.