The Youth Services Division provides programs services and activities for juveniles and parents. The mission of the Youth Services Division is to encourage youth within the City of Clovis to consistently demonstrate behavior that produces social, emotional, educational and economic success. Our approach is to provide multiple programs, services and activities to support families in our community.

Youth Services Programs

Diversion

The Diversion Program is a method to hold juveniles accountable and support parental authority. This program is for juveniles who are deemed out-of-control, juveniles who run away from home, juveniles who commit misdemeanor criminal offenses and juveniles who are chronically truant. The process begins with a hearing with the Juvenile Hearing Officer. The Juvenile Hearing Officer reviews the behavior that brought the juvenile to the attention of the police department, and places the juvenile on a Diversion Contract. The contract directs the juvenile to complete a specific number of days in the Community Service Work Program, and to follow-up with community resources that may help the juvenile to improve their misbehavior.

Juvenile Work Program (JWP)

The JWP is the primary method in which the Clovis Police Department holds juveniles accountable for misbehavior in the community. Juveniles are required to remove weeds and debris from public areas like vacant lots, alley ways, parks and parking lots. Juveniles also assist in cleaning up graffiti throughout the city.

Graffiti Abatement

Graffiti Abatement is a high priority for the Clovis Police Department and Youth Services. To report Graffiti, call the Graffiti Hot Line at 324-2426. We have two goals for this program:

  • To remove graffiti within 24-48 hours of being notified.
  • To arrest chronic offenders.

Drug Education Program (DEP)

The Drug Education Program is a five hour class provided one Saturday a month during the school year and is taught by a Clovis Police Officer. The class is interactive and teaches juveniles the dangers and consequences of alcohol and drug use.

Explorer Post 355

The Clovis Police Department Explorer Post 355 is currently looking for new EXPLORERS. The post meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Clovis Police Department, Youth Services Division from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information contact the Explorer line at 324-2443. Please call prior to attending any meeting.

Explorer Requirements

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 20 at the time of appointment or 14 ½ and have completed the 8th grade
  • Maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions
  • Be of good character and citizenship
  • Be of a proportionate height and weight and have no physical defect that would cause personal injury under emergency circumstances
The Mission of the Clovis Police Department Explorer Post 355 is to expose youth to an organization with strict standards, high expectations, a police command structure, higher education and a career in law enforcement. We are committed to building a better tomorrow by encouraging youth through EXPLORING.
 

Professional Counseling

Professional counseling is provided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The counseling focuses on improving family functioning by working with parents and juveniles. Typical areas of concern include: juvenile drug and alcohol use, poor school performance, running away from home, poor communication, and inconsistent parenting.

For more Information call Youth Services at (559) 324-2440.

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