| Florida Times-Union
The Mayor’s Community Based Crime Reduction Program will host this first partnership with New Town Success Zone, Celebration Church and the Mayo Clinic’s Wellness Rx program on Edward Waters College’s campus at 1401 Grunthal St.
Residents of New Town, LaVilla, Grand Park and Durkeeville neighbohoods are invited to drive up and share their thoughts about what it will take to reduce crime and improve public safety in the area.
The 32209 ZIP Code has led the city in homicides over recent years, and the city launched its Cure Violence program in 2019 in that area with trained community members intervening by talking with family and friends of victims to head off retaliatory violence. It is also focusing in a second area covering much of the Eastside and Brentwood neighborhoods in 32206.
The federally funded Community Based Crime Reduction Program is designed to reduce crime, improve public safety and increase mutual trust between law enforcement and residents in mid-Westside Jacksonville neighborhoods, the city said.
Strict COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. For more information, to receive updates or volunteer, visit coj.net/cbcr.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549