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       We Must Do More With Your Tax Dollars!

 
 
 
 
Restore Public Trust in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

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TextAloud: IVONA Joey22 (Created: 7/25/2021 10:54:42 PM)
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It is a well-known fact that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) has had some serious problems with several officers in its ranks in recent years. Local news agencies have been reporting on police misconduct routinely for years. And the number of officers who have been arrested for criminal acts has been nothing short of astonishing. These arrests have ranged from low level crimes such as petty theft and prostitution, to the more serious offenses of racketeering and money laundering. The negative publicity associated with these arrests has all but destroyed the stellar reputation that the JSO once enjoyed. This erosion of trust by a few bad actors simply cannot, and will not, be allowed to continue under my watch. That is why I have proposed the introduction of Civilian Review 
Boards
 (CRB's) and a Public Accountability Office (PAO) inside the sheriff's office. The difficult work of implementing these, and other measures designed to restore public trust in our law enforcement agency, will begin on my first day in office.

In addition to CRB's and PAO, I will engage in a massive revamping of the agency's managerial and leadership hierarchy to ensure that every individual in uniform is properly managed and led, and that they are in the right position to effectively carryout their assigned duties in keeping with the department's mission. Revamping the leadership will also help with restoring the community's trust in the sheriff's office that has been broken for years or even decades. A new leadership team will bring with it the reset opportunity, or fresh start, that the community and our officers need to begin bridging the gap of trust that currently exists. Don't let anyone tell you that its about funding or manpower shortages, because it is not. The taxpayers spend nearly $500 million and has provided the sheriff's office with additional officers in recent years, yet our city remains the most violent city in the state of Florida, year-after-year. By addressing the core problem of this issue (i.e., poor JSO management and leadership), perhaps we as a community can finally find a lasting solution to out-of-control violent crime.   

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      Build Lasting Partnerships With The Community

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It does not matter if your line of work is a public or private entity, faith-based or school, for-profit or nonprofit, I want to solicit your help as an equal partner in the fight to take back our streets. I believe that there are no shortages of good ideas to address crime, and that no one individual has a patent on good ideas. It is with this understanding that I want to lead you in the quest to drive violent crime from our neighborhoods. We must stand together. 


I am asking for your VOTE and partnership to help turn our city's violent crime problem around and build a better and safer community together.

 
 
 
      Curb the Gun Violence That Has Made Our City                            
The Homicide Capital of Florida
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Let me start by saying that I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment to the United States Constitution. We do have the right to keep and bear arms. The framers of our 
Constitution included this amendment as a means of self-protection from those who would do us harm. Of course, this is a good thing. However, I firmly believe that we can make a good thing even better.

Because of the current level of violent crime in our city, I believe that it is incumbent of all law abiding citizens to discuss, and openly debate, commonsense measures that may help to reduce the rate of violence in our city. But first, we must agree to listen to ALL lawful and reasonable suggestions from our fellow citizens about how to keep guns out of the hands of children. I know you love your child, or children, as much as I love my own. Therefore, I am asking that we have a fruitful conversation about this topic to find real and lasting solutions. 


It is an unfortunate reality that our beloved city has been labeled The Homicide Capital of Florida, but it doesn't have to be.

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Even His Critics Agree

Dr. Cummings is the Reform-Minded Candidate

by A.G. Gancarski of Politico

 

Reform

To put or change into an improved form
or condition.


To amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses.

To put an end to by enforcing or introducing a better method or course of action. 
                       -Merriam-Webster.com

 
 
     Streamline, Restructure, and Consolidate Police       

Resources to Eliminate Wasteful or Unnecessary   

Spending and Promote Effective Resource Allocation
 

Proper Stewardship of JSO's Ballooning Budget

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The mantra for any organization when it comes to employee output should be, the higher the salaries, the greater the expectations and performance --- No exceptions. 


It is time to demand more of your elected and appointed leaders. The citizens can no longer afford to subsidize ethically deficient, inept individuals who often because of favoritism, nepotism, and cronyism, are artificially elevated into positions of authority in our city. Similarly, we must make wiser use of our tax dollars and insist, along with our fellow citizens, that morally grounded and highly competent individuals are chosen to hold these positions in the future.


With your vote, I intend to streamline, restructure, and consolidate (where possible), our police force to make it a more efficient and effective institution. I plan to begin with my administration, work through to middle management, and conclude with a review of the most rookie employee in the department, to ensure that everyone is in the position that they are most qualified to hold and most beneficial to the mission of the organization

Favoritismnepotism, and cronyism has no place inside the four walls of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. My administration will put a stop to this on day one.

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     Ensuring That Everyone Has a Seat at the Table of             
     Ideas When Addressing Violent Crime in Our City

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As I mentioned in reform item #2, I truly believe that no one person has a patent on good ideas when it comes to protecting our community. Everyone has to be a part of the solution if a reduction in violent crime is to take hold on our city streets. Simply put, I would like to hear from you about constructive ways to best approach the crime concerns that you witness in your neighborhood. I believe that no one knows your neighborhood better than you. So, your input in these matters is critical to bringing violent crime under control in our city. You will have a seat at the table of ideas in my administration with Civilian Review Boards (CRBs) and a Public Accountability Office (PAO) that I intend to pursue aggressively to install if elected. I look forward to hearing many of your suggestions about how we can best improve our community, and hope you consider participating in CRBs and our PAO's in the future.

 
 
 
Addressing Overcrowding at the 

Pretrial Detention Facility (Duval County Jail)

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TextAloud: IVONA Joey22 (Created: 7/25/2021 11:07:25 PM)
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Overcrowding of our jails is not a unique phenomenon. It is a big problem throughout our country, and a solution of any sort has been quite elusive for many municipalities.


The primary mission of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is to protect you and your family. 

This means arresting people who have done, or would do, you and your loved ones harm. Unfortunately, our jails take the brunt of the impact of these arrests, and I offer no apology for that. But, I do believe that we can take some commonsense steps to help ease the overcrowding. For starters, we can take a hard look at the recidivism rate of our inmate population and examine, in consultation with our State Attorney's Office, ways to effectively reduce these numbers. Our scope of ideas must be broad and all inclusive. In other words, all lawful and safe options must be considered and evaluated to determine if they would be beneficial in easing the problem of overcrowding. Simply arresting individuals for an offense one day, and having them return to our jail for the same offense 2 or 3 days later, makes absolutely no sense. This is an obvious waste of resources and taxpayers dollars. 


As your Sheriff, I will be committed to finding a lasting solution to the problem of overcrowding inside our jail. Wasting tax dollars will no longer be an acceptable option when I am elected sheriff.

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    Modernize the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to Take          Advantage of Advancements in New Technologies

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has some of the finest men and women in uniform in the nation, despite a few really bad actors. That said, it is my personal mission to ensure that these brave officers have what they need daily to do their jobs effectively. The safety of the community depends on their mission readiness. It is with this spirit that I intend to aggressively seek out, and incorporate, new technologies throughout the department. This will require some realignment of departmental budgetary priorities, but it can and will be done on my watch. I consider it an investment in you and the safety of your family.

 
 
 
 
  Dr. Tony Cummings
 

It's Time For A Change!

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