JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As expected, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office visited First Coast News this morning. They left with some of their property we've rented from them for years, and now we want help from the public to keep the community informed.
The two public information officers took back the two scanners that allowed the media to hear what JSO was doing.
In July, the sheriff's office held a meeting with the local media to say they were going to be taking back all of their scanners.
The media protested, saying that would leave JSO as their own gatekeeper for information.
An example of how the media uses the scanners happened just this week, when shots rang out on Prince Street, leaving three dead and a search for the shooters underway.
The initial scanner traffic began just after 4:30, allowing First Coast News to take action notifying the public about the fatal shootings and the areas affected.
The first official information of any kind came from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, informing us of the trauma alert from the shootings.
Police didn't release any information until about 30 minutes later, which was road closure information near downtown in the heart of rush hour.
The sheriff's office has promised to be more forthcoming with information in the absence of the scanners.
Without the scanners, we will be relying more heavily on you to let us know what is happening in your neighborhood.
If you see a crime happening or unusual police activity, notify us via email at ReportCrime@firstcoastnews.com, or call us at (904) 633-8808.
First Coast News