Youth Programs

Clay County Police Activities League

Some young people in our community grow up with few positive contacts with law enforcement officers.

To remedy that, the Clay County Police Activities League (Clay PAL) provides positive role models for our youth and a drug-free atmosphere in which they can play and learn.

  • Baseball & Softball
  • Flag Football
  • Pop Warner Cheer & Football
  • Sheriff’s Explorers
  • Summer Basketball
Clay County Police Activities League ribbon cutting ceremony with FOP Lodge #104 members in 2015

Clay County Police Activities League ribbon cutting ceremony with FOP Lodge #104 members in 2015

Learn more about Clay PAL.

For additional information please contact Clay PAL Coordinator Deputy Robert Russell at (904) 463-8299 or reach him by email at

Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 987

Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer patchMany outstanding young people in Clay County also express an interest in careers in law enforcement, public safety and community service.

For them, Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 987 is a great place to start! Are you a Clay County resident between the ages of 14 and 21? Are you interested in a career in Law Enforcement? Would you like to train the way real police officers are trained? If you have answered “yes” to these questions, you are exactly the type of outgoing young person we need. Explorer Post 987 is supervised by Senior Advisor Detective Mark Romano of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Learn even more about our Explorers!

Contact Detective Mark Romano at (904) 213-6370 or email him at

Diversionary Programs for Youth

Our agency receives inquiries regularly about the availability of diversionary programs for at-risk youth. For the most part, programs such as these are coordinated in our county through the school system (in conjunction with the National Guard) and through the court system. All of our state’s Sheriffs are strong supporters also of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch system.

Teen Driver Challenge Course

The Teen Driver Challenge (TDC) course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce your chances of being involved in a crash.

Please note: the Teen Driver Challenge is not a supplemental or advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers various topics including: Vehicle Dynamics, Human Factors, Responsibility and Liability, Effects of Drugs and Alcohol, Night Driving and Aggressive Driving. TDC students are required to have a Florida Learner’s Permit or a valid Florida Operator’s License and have use of an automobile they usually operate during the driving exercises. Contact our agency at 904-264-6512 for more information and/or to obtain an application via our agency’s Juvenile Crime Unit staff.

2015 Teen Driver Challenge

2015 Teen Driver Challenge