Youth Programs

Clay County Police Athletic League

Clay County Police Athletic LeagueSome young people in our community grow up with few positive contacts with law enforcement officers. The Clay County Police Athletic League (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

For more information, please contact Clay PAL Coordinator Deputy Robert Russell at (904) 463-8299 or rrussell@claysheriff.com.

Clay PAL

Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 987

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

For more information, please contact Senior Advisor Detective Mark Romano at (904) 213-6370 or mromano@claysheriff.com.

Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 987

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 of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch system which include:

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 Sgt. Keith Smith at 904-264-6512 for more information and/or to obtain an application.

2017 Teen Driver Challenge