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Incumbent Rutherford Wins, Will Keep Sheriff's Seat

10:46 PM, Mar 22, 2011   |    comments
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  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sheriff John Rutherford has won reelection in a landslide vote for sheriff.

    Rutherford, a Republican, defeated Democrat Ken Jefferson, independent Soren G. Brockdorf and write-in candidate Curtis Southerland.

    In his acceptance speech, he gave most of the credit to ShAdCo, a partnership between law enforcement and the community which aims to enhance communication between law enforcement and the public.

    Community-oriented problem solving has brought the crime rate down to the lowest the city's rate has been since 1983, Rutherford said.

    Rutherford grew up in Jacksonville and has worked for JSO for 36 years. During his campaign, he said the numbers show his success: "The lowest crime numbers this city has seen since 1983 and that is significant."

    Like his opponents, he focused on reducing the crime rate. 

    "I call it the 21st century philosophy of policing, because it's more than community policing. Community policing is about building relationships," said Rutherford. "I don't want to just build relationships I want to do things through those relationships and solve community problems."

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