Don’t forget to get registered for next week’s Teen Court virtual hearing to earn community service hours!

Please email us at teencourt@alachuasheriff.org with your name so we can send you the zoom link and password next week!!

Thank you for all the support!

Teen Court is a diversion program for youth offenders that have committed certain crimes. This service is provided by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and it offers children throughout Alachua County an opportunity to earn an important second chance while teaching them the value of personal integrity and responsibility to their community.

Teen Court is always looking for great volunteers! We need middle school and high school volunteers every Tuesday evening to serve as jurors, attorneys, or clerks during Teen Court. An information sheet is provided below that explains a bit more about Teen Court, with an attached volunteer emergency contact form.

Our current Teen Court calendars are also posted with the dates Teen Court is in session. If you are interested in attending, please arrive at the Criminal Courthouse at 220 South Main Street in Gainesville any Tuesday evening at 4:30pm. We typically conclude between 6:30pm- 7pm. Also, feel free to call or e-mail Teen Court staff with any further questions. In person hearings are currently suspended due to COVID-19 and will be conducted virtually via Zoom until further notice.

For more information:

Teen Court Program Coordinator:  (352) 367-4125  email: ohollier@alachuasheriff.org
Teen Court Case Manager: (352) 367-4121  email: gpelham@alachuasheriff.org
Teen Court Case Manager: (352) 367-4129  email: slewis@alachuasheriff.org


The Florida Sheriff’s Association Teen Driver Challenge is a free advanced driving class designed to help Alachua County high school students become safer, more confident drivers. This one-day class is taught by certified Law Enforcement driving instructors, and involves exposing the teen drivers to many different situations they may encounter while driving on the open roads.

This challenging defensive driving class is conducted on a safe, closed driving range. The instructors give the teen drivers the hands-on experience needed if they find themselves in a situation while driving that requires quick decision making and action being taken. Areas covered include proper braking, negotiating a figure 8 (steering), forward and reverse serpentine, cornering, intersection backing, evasive maneuvering, off-road recovery, and skid recovery. Participants use their own family vehicles for the majority of exercises, and are given instruction on how to conduct a basic vehicle safety check before driving.

The Teen Driver Challenge is an advanced driving class. Applicants are required to be at least 15 years old and possess a valid, state-issued Learner’s License or Driver’s License. In addition, applicants should already have basic driving knowledge and abilities, with enough practical driving experience to feel comfortable behind the wheel.  

The Teen Driver Challenge is scheduled 8 – 10 times a year, rain or shine. Classes are limited to 18 students and fill up very quickly. Reserving a seat and turning in all necessary paperwork in a timely manner is essential. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Institute of Public Safety, located at 3737 NE 39th Avenue in Gainesville. Students should bring a bag lunch and drink to class; we do not leave until the end of the day. Parents dropping their students off with a vehicle should have a “pick up ride” arranged beforehand – they may not remain on-site during the classroom or driving sessions of the Teen Driver Challenge.

To reserve a seat for an upcoming Teen Driver Challenge class, please e-mail your contact information to: teendriver@acso.us

For more information about the Teen Driver Challenge, please call the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Relations Bureau at 352-367-4099 between 8:00am and 3:00pm.


Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 983 is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and adheres to the principles set forth by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer programs across the nation. The Explorers are also members of the Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Association (FSEA), a state organization that meets four times a year throughout Florida. During the meetings, Explorers work on State Projects, compete in Firearm Competitions, attend seminars, socials, and dances.

Explorers also attend the National Law Enforcement Conference presented by the Boy Scouts of America and Federal Law Enforcement Agency. Explorers meet in different states and compete in training events such as traffic stops, hostage negotiation training, search techniques, proper procedures for arrest, etc.

What Are The Benefits Of Being An Explorer?

  • Becoming an Explorer opens up opportunities to meet new friends, make a difference in your community, obtain law enforcement experience, and career opportunities.
  • As an Explorer, you will gain leadership qualities, responsibility, maintain integrity and pride, as well as self discipline and motivation.

What Does An Explorer Do?

  • The aim of the Explorer Post is to explore law enforcement as a possible career choice, develop leadership skills, and to provide service to the community.

Community Service:

  • Directing traffic and assist parking at community functions.
  • Assist in registration, checkpoints, and crowd Control during charitable events.
  • Assist deputies at high school and college sporting events.
  • Assist with security at Regional B.S.A. Camporees.
  • Assist with programs such as Print-A-Kid and other related functions.


  • Explorers are required to attend the Sheriff’s Explorer Academy.
  • Quarterly state-wide training seminars.
  • Ride-Along Program within the Patrol Division.
  • Various classroom and field training exercises.

How Do I Become An Explorer?

To become an Explorer you must meet certain requirements.

  • Must have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.
  • Must be in good physical condition.
  • Must be enrolled in school and maintain a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must complete the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office background check.
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from your school.
  • Must be a current resident of Alachua County.

Not old enough yet, explorer club is an option

  • Concentration on recruiting middle school students, 7th and 8th graders.
  • 6th graders will be recommended by their School Resource Deputy.
  • Club members will participate with Explorer Post members and follow all the same rules of the Explorer Post.

Interested in becoming an Explorer?

Becoming an Explorer opens up opportunities to meet new friends, make a difference in your community, obtain law enforcement experience, and career opportunities.

As an Explorer, you will gain leadership qualities, responsibility, maintain integrity and pride, as well as self discipline and motivation.

No Trespassing Sign Program
Each Sign costs $20.00
Proceeds benefit Explorer Post #983
Contact 352-367-4099 for more information


The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Relations Bureau and Educational Tours host the Washington, D.C. Safety Patrol Trip for local fourth and fifth grade students annually.

In addition to materials provided at the children’s school, required forms and documents are available here. While on the trip, Alachua County School Resource Deputies provide daily photo and video updates to parents and loved ones via their dedicated Facebook page:

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