Community Affairs

It is the policy of the sheriff’s office to establish close relationships with the community through Community Affairs.

Assistant Chief Steve Barreira

Assistant Chief
Steve Barreira

The Community Affairs Division, led by Assistant Chief Steve Barreira, is committed to engaging and serving the citizens of Clay County.  The division is comprised of various units such as the Community Oriented Policing Strategies (COPS), Reserves, and Operation Safe Streets (OSS). All of which work collectively to establish and maintain a positive relationships, develop meaningful dialogue and relationships and provide a resource for crime prevention programs and services to include: Sheriff’s Neighborhood Engagement Team (Sheriff’s NET), Citizen’s Academy, and Cyber Safety presentations.

Our goal is to learn about community concerns and respond to them before they become serious problems. By developing programs that increase the community’s understanding of how law enforcement operates in our community public confidence is built and we develop a spirit of mutual cooperation and trust that benefits everyone. One of the many ways we share crime prevention information with our residents is through our Crime Watch Report. To have your email address added to the distribution list, email a request to

Available Programs & PresentationsClay County Sheriff's Office

  • Residential (Neighborhood Watch Program and Security Surveys)
  • Commercial (Business Watch Program and Security Surveys)
  • National Night Out Against Crime Annual Event
  • Identity theft/Computer Crimes/Safety on the Web
  • Child Safety
  • Holiday Safety
  • Vehicle/Vessel Safety
  • Robbery Prevention
  • Burglary Prevention
  • Bicycle Safety

For more information about these community relations programs, please contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at (904) 264-6512.