Downtown Ambassadors

Keeping Downtown Clean and Safe

Our Downtown Ambassadors provide extra eyes and ears on the street seven days a week. We work closely with the City of Jacksonville to clean and maintain our public realm and to report safety violations. We work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to report nuisance and criminal activity. And, as Downtown’s hospitality team, we work with local businesses, attractions and Visit Jacksonville to make DTJax a more friendly and welcoming place.

Ambassador Hours
may vary due to special events

Monday – Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ambassador Services

Clean Division Services

  • Remove litter
  • Pressure wash and spot clean sidewalks
  • Remove graffiti
  • Identify and report hazards and property damage issues
  • Remove weeds from sidewalks and tree beds.

Safety & Hospitality Division Services

  • Provide directions, maps and parking information
  • Provide Downtown event information
  • Escort you to your destination
  • Provide a safety presence and contact police or rescue during emergencies
  • Report and/or resolve instances of nuisance activity (panhandling, loitering, etc.)
  • Share a smile and a watchful eye

Social Services Outreach Division Services

  • Connect homeless and transient individuals with local social service providers
  • Transport persons in need to services
  • Collect meaningful demographic and behavioral data

Property Maintenance Division Services

  • Maintain streetscape and properties
  • Fix building facades, information kiosks, trash cans and more
For more information on the program, to request special services, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Eric Miller, Vice President of District Services.

2020 Ambassador of the Year:
Johnny Duckett

Safety and Information in #DTJax

Don’t set yourself up to fall victim to a crime of opportunity.

  • Lock and store your valuables out of sight.
  • Never “flash your cash” in public.
  • Remove name and security badges upon leaving your office.
  • Politely but firmly say no to panhandlers. Give to social charities instead.
  • Call JSO to report all suspicious activity and nuisance behaviors.

Help keep Downtown Safe:

Stay in the know:

Sign up for our Downtown Information and Safety Alerts to receive period emails with street and bridge closures, building evacuations, safety concerns, construction and emergencies impacting the Downtown area.

Attend the Sheriff’s Watch Meetings

Join JSO officers and community members for monthly discussions about crime issues facing our neighborhoods and hear progress updates.

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m.

Where: Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.

Helpful Phone Numbers

Safety escorts*
Downtown Ambassadors

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

(*During normal operating hours.)

Homeless Outreach Assistance
904.394.8091 (limited hours)

Downtown Ambassadors Social Services Outreach Division

Doug Orange

Whitney Hilliard
904.914.1662 (limited hours)

Safety hazards
City of Jacksonville CARE
904.630.CITY (2489)