Burton’s JSO Zone 2 Scores Record-Setting Crime Reduction in 2021


Burton: Collaboration Key in Crime Reduction Efforts

Hard work, effective community policing strategies and strong collaboration among important stakeholders are helping build the trust necessary to effect recent reductions in Jacksonville’s crime rates, said Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton, commander of JSO’s Zone 2 and a candidate for sheriff in the 2023 race.

“Congratulations to all the men and women of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for their work in helping affect significant crime reduction across the city last year,” Burton said. “While we certainly have far to go, the reductions we saw in 2021, and the efforts behind that, should be recognized and lauded. This type of progress doesn’t happen without hard work and cooperation among JSO’s leaders, investigators, patrol officers, community stakeholders, city officials, our State Attorney’s Office, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, as well as business and school leaders. All these important contributors deserve credit today.

“I’m especially proud that under my leadership as commander of JSO’s Zone 2 last year we saw a 16% reduction in overall crime – that’s more than double what was achieved in any other JSO zone and larger than any crime reduction ever recorded in Zone 2. In a region with several very high-crime neighborhoods, we used proven collaborative efforts to address violent crime and hard work to embrace the concept of community policing. I believe that in Zone 2 we’ve shown that when law enforcement professionals are intentional about creating positive interactions, strengthening partnerships, and working side-by-side with the community to solve issues at the grassroot level, we can reduce crime and build trust within the communities we serve. Let’s continue to move forward together and bridge the gaps that remain.”

Burton Campaign Continues Successful Fundraising Blitz

Bipartisan Support Passes $664,000 in Five Months

Jacksonville sheriff’s candidate Lakesha Burton’s campaign and a supporting political committee raised more than $114,000 in August, a traditionally tough month for campaign fundraising. The campaign and committee have raised more than $664,000 combined, including significant donations from Democrat, Independent and Republican community leaders.

“We’ve already surpassed and updated our initial campaign fundraising goals,” said Burton, an assistant chief at Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. “It’s been an incredible team effort led by volunteers and supported by hundreds of donors including some of our city’s most important community leaders – from both political parties.”

Burton’s political committee, Make Every Voice Count, raised $110,045 in August, bringing its total raised to $554,560. Her campaign has raised $103,414 to date.

Burton, a Democrat running to become Jacksonville’s first female sheriff, is garnering significant support from leading Duval GOP donors. Charles Cupp, Gary Chartrand, Wayne Weaver, David Miller, Fitzhugh Powell, John Baker and Michael Ward are among some of the prominent Republican donors who have made significant PAC contributions. In addition, leading Democrat and Independent donors such as Darnell Smith, Jeff Chartrand, Audrey Moran, Jim and Ellen Wiss, Bobby Stein, Pam Paul and Delores Weaver are among major contributors. Smaller donations of less than $100 have been made by hundreds of supporters from all areas of the city.

For more information about Burton and her campaign, please visit BurtonForSheriff.com.


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