JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's been a controversial issue: the relationship between African Americans and law enforcement.
After incidents in Ferguson, Missouri; New York and now the University of Virginia, the nation's "black lives matter" movement has come to the forefront.
A University of North Florida forum was held Monday to share the importance of establishing relationships with law enforcement in our local community.
"We have a lot of initiatives in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to build those relationships in the community. I've said many times that you cannot build relationships in the middle of a crisis, you can only access the ones that you already have. We've done that very well. But It's a work in progress, we're always wanting to do more," Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said.
Sheriff Rutherford also said juvenile arrests are down, over 50 percent since 2009.
But he says we have to continue that process because it only takes one incident to create a problem.
He said the next sheriff coming into office must be involved and transparent with the community.
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