Retired Gainesville Police Department Captain Tony Jones is currently serving as Chief of Police for the Gainesville Police Department. Chief Jones began his career with the agency in 1975 as a police officer and has served the department in many capacities. Throughout his career, Chief Jones has been a vital member of the community. He was cofounder of the Reichert House Youth Academy, which serves at-risk youth ages 12 to 18. Reichert House's comprehensive, holistic program provides educational opportunities, life skills, vocational training, and structured support services that are all designed to transform these at-risk youth into future contributors to the community. Chief Jones serves on the Board of Directors of several community organizations including Boys and Girls Club, the Volunteer Center, Black on Black Crime Task Force, Reichert House Youth Academy, and the Alachua County Juvenile Justice Department Executive Board. In addition, he is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and in 2012 he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Chief Jones earned a bachelor's degree in human services and a master's degree in criminal justice science from the University of Alabama.
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