Sheriff deploying 600 officers for Georgia-Florida game

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By: Associated Press
October 23, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida, where six people were shot blocks from the Jaguars' home stadium less than an hour before kickoff Sunday, is promising to "turn the tide of violence."

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams promised Monday in a tweet to deploy 600 law enforcement officers around the Jaguars' home stadium, TIAA Bank Field, when the University of Florida and the University of Georgia play this weekend in one of the biggest rivalries in college football.


The sheriff says officers also will be stationed throughout downtown Jacksonville and surrounding neighborhoods.

Crime Stoppers was offering a reward up to $3,000 for information about Sunday's shootings. The shootings broke out before the scheduled 1 p.m. start of play between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.