Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Grill Police on Live Call-In

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Residents Grill Police on Live Call-In

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Traffic, youth gangs and parental responsibility were some of

the topics raised Thursday as Mandarin and Southside residents

put police on the spot during the Jacksonville Sheriff's

Office's live public affairs television show.

Thirteen people had questions for assistant chief Justin Hill,

Lt. Rick Emery and Sgt. John Anderson, as they sat in for the

live call-in Signal 94 show at MediaOne's Southside studios.

The show is named after the police code for information, and

hosted by sheriff's office public affairs coordinator Harry

Reagan at 8:30 p.m. each Thursday on cable Channel 25. Each week

since early 1996, viewers have tuned in for information on the

Sheriff's Office's crime prevention and police programs, with

live call-in segments done every other week. But for the past

few weeks, Reagan has been bringing in the zone commanders and

staff for each of the city's six police zones and letting

callers ask them questions. This time it was Southside and

Mandarin's turn.

"It seemed to me to be a good idea to focus on our six zones,

particularly because they are somewhat different," Reagan said.

"It is a big city, so we were trying to divide it in a

meaningful way and dividing it up by zones seemed to be the

right way."

Zone 3 includes all of Southside and Mandarin south of

Pottsburg Creek and Beach Boulevard. It's a big area, and Emery

said officers are kept very busy.

"We handle a huge amount of calls for service this year and in

past years, and with the growth up the Butler Boulevard

corridor, that is going to continue," said Emery. "Traffic is

our main concern."

Mandarin traffic was also the concern of the first of the

callers, all of whom were referred to by their first names.

"I was wondering if you have any solutions for the continual

bottleneck we have in Mandarin, northbound San Jose Boulevard in

particular," said Andy. …

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