Our agency takes seriously the real threat that exists for anyone to become the victim of crime.

Some of the most heinous crimes we investigate, however, are those involving victims who are children, elderly or handicapped, i.e. those who can’t defend themselves as well. For anyone of any age or condition, it is important to think ahead about crime prevention and self-defense tactics.

Abduction Prevention

In today’s society criminals will target our children. As a result, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office endorses the Child Lures Program curriculum. Deputies in our agency’s Juvenile Crime Unit are trained to instruct children on the best ways to avoid being abducted and tactics and behaviors to improve one’s chance of surviving such a horrific event should it ever occur. While our deputies typically provide this information in a school setting, you can receive the same information used by deputies online by visiting . You can obtain program materials for use at civic meetings, church groups and for home-schooled students.

Young boy using computer at homeThe Do’s and Don’ts of Internet Safety

Clay County’s young people spend much of their leisure time online. The Internet can be a wonderful learning and social tool but it can also expose unsuspecting children to the criminal element and make them targets for abduction or abuse. We encourage parents to review these simple guidelines with their children.

  • DO keep your personal information (last name, password, address, phone number) private.
  • DO stop what you are doing and tell a trusted adult if something online makes you uncomfortable.
  • DO avoid arguments with online bullies.
  • DON’T meet in person with online-only friends.
  • DON’T become an online bully by being abusive to others
  • DON’T open email/message or download files from people you don’t know.

Sexual Assault Prevention & Self-Defense

Our agency conducts self-defense training coursePeriodically, our agency conducts self-defense training course. These courses are typically scheduled in partnership with the school system, large company, church group, etc. The class consists of classroom discussion followed by hands-on self-defense training.

For more information about the availability of upcoming self-defense classes please contact the CCSO at (904) 264-6512 and ask to speak to our Training Unit supervisor.