Article Courtesy of The
Action News JAX Channel 47
By Jenna Bourne
Published June 14, 2019
CLAY COUNTY - Three homeowners associations will soon allow the Clay County
Sheriff’s Office to tap into their surveillance cameras at any time.
On Thursday, The Retreat in Middleburg
will be the first HOA to partner with the Sheriff’s Office
on Clay Community Connect, or C3.
“It was really a no-brainer,” said HOA president Josh
Johnson. “So anywhere from the entrance, to the playground,
to the trails, to our empty lots, they’ll have access to all
of them. There were no cameras we didn’t want to give them
Action News Jax reported in May that three businesses have
already joined C3.
“We actually had an incident that happened right in the
[Middleburg McDonald’s] parking lot all on film,” said Clay
Community Connect Program Lt. Jeff Johnson. “Every time we
put a camera on, that’s another set of eyes for us – that we
don’t have to feed, we don’t have to uniform, we don’t have
to give it a car.”
The cameras are meant to help deputies access video of a crime either in real
time or shortly after it happens.
Josh Johnson said he doesn’t believe giving CCSO access to the cameras should
cause privacy concerns in the neighborhood.
“I don’t think it’s infringing on anyone’s privacy because none of the cameras
are located in a position where they’re going to look at someone’s personal
property,” he said.
If you live in Clay County and want more information about getting this program
in your neighborhood, call the Sheriff’s Office at 904-264-6512 and request to
have a C3 representative contact you.