Teen Court is a crime prevention program and a diversion / alternative sentencing program. This service is provided by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Teen Court offers teenagers throughout Alachua County an opportunity to earn an important second chance while teaching the value of personal integrity and responsibility to their community.


The Florida Sheriffs 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.


The ACSO Explorer Post #983 is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and adheres to the principles established for the Boy Scouts of America’s Explorer Programs across the nation. The post is also a member of the Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Association and is dedicated to assisting deputies at various community functions such as festivals, groundbreaking ceremonies, sporting events and other civic functions deemed appropriate by the ACSO. The mission of the post is to provide young adults the opportunity to explore law enforcement as a possible career choice, develop physical fitness and serve the local community.

Interested in supporting the Alachua County Sheriff’s Explorers Program?

Purchase a “No Trespassing” sign from our “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:

Deputy Griffeth and Ruger ensuring our kids are safe!The safety of the schools, students, and staff located within the City of Alachua is our top priority. Today, the Alachua Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office conducted a joint operation in an effort to maintain a safe environment within our schools.Deputy M. Griffeth and his partner, K-9 Ruger, assisted our officers in conducting a search of Mebane Middle School. K-9 Rugar is certified in detecting and locating firearms. The purpose of these spontaneous searches is to prevent students from bringing dangerous and unauthorized items onto the school campus that can cause harm to themselves and/or others.Thank you to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Deputy M. Griffeth, and K-9 Ruger for your assistance.#SafeSchools ... See MoreSee Less
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Earlier this week, ACSO's Sgt. Todd Thomas facilitated tactical medical training for Alachua County School nurses and staff so that they will be better trained to deal with life-threatening emergencies that could happen within our school system. Both GPD and ACSO, along with volunteers, partnered together to present both lecture and practical exercises at the training. We remain committed to protecting our children and ensuring that we, and those with which we share training and resources, are prepared to keep our students safe. ... See MoreSee Less
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ACSO School Resource Deputies welcome all our kids back to school!For our parents,Know that;WITHOUT HESITATION we will sit with a child that is alone. WITHOUT HESITATION we will listen to a child that needs to be heard. WITHOUT HESITATION we will hug a child that needs a hug. WITHOUT HESITATION we will run towards danger to protect a child. Your child is our child ... See MoreSee Less
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