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We work to build positive relationships with our county’s young people each and every day! From daycare visits with our patrol cars, to birthday drive-bys during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the many programs that our agency supports, we’re dedicated to making a positive impact on Clay County’s youth.


Clay County Police Athletic League

The Clay County Police Athletic League (PAL) is a youth activities program and recreational league operated by members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and by dozens of volunteers. PAL works to bring together law enforcement and our youth by providing positive role models and a drug free atmosphere to play and learn. Programs offered include:

  • Baseball & Softball
  • Flag Football
  • Pop Warner Cheer & Football
  • Sheriff’s Explorers
  • Summer Basketball

For more information, please contact Clay PAL Coordinator Deputy Rob Russell  at (904)375-2237 or

Members of the CCSO Explorer program stand in front of Air Force One.

Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 987

Know any youth looking for a career in law enforcement? The Clay County Sheriff’s Explorer Post 987 is a great place to start!

Clay residents between the ages of 14 and 21 are eligible, and will have the opportunity to undergo trainings similar to that of our officers. This program is a great way to learn more about how CCSO operates, and potentially, help in pursuing a law enforcement career in the long run.

For more information, please visit to review eligibility requirements and complete the contact form.

Downloadable Coloring Pages for the Kids!

You can click the links below to download coloring pages to use for your kids at home, in the classroom, at daycare, or just for fun! We’d love to see their finished product! Take a picture of the finished story and send it to, and it could be shared to our social media pages.

Have fun! 

If I was the sheriff coloring page 
JP the station dog coloring page 
If I was a jail deputy coloring page 
If I was a dispatcher coloring page
If I was a deputy coloring page 


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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. For more information, please get in touch with our Community Affairs Unit at

Picture of Youth Program members

CEO Judson Sapp and Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook

Judson Sapp hosts Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook to discuss law enforcement issues. From the latest breaking news to cold cases, we answer the questions you have always wanted to ask. Tune in weekly!