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.
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 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.
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.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Clovis Police Department Internship program’s goal is to offer Clovis Unified School District students (juniors and seniors in CUSD high school) exposure and training within the Clovis Police Department. Focusing on broadening the minds of teens in cultivating skills in the workforce and further prepare and develop them into responsible adults. This program offers a wide variety of active participation experience that are beneficial to young adults.
Ride-Along: Interns actively participate in the ride-along program that the police department offers to see up-close police work of the Police Officers and Community Service Officers (CSO). Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) interns accompany officers in their cars for a portion of their shift. This is an exceptional learning opportunity to gain insight and officers specific expertise within their field.
Sit-Along: Interns are allowed to sit in with 911 dispatchers for a portion of their shifts to learn about calls, procedures, and communications between dispatchers and police officers.
Other unique opportunities that interns can participate in include an overview of the Clovis Police jail. Interns can observe how the holding cell is operated and the police department's booking procedures work. Interns will be trained and complete courses with viable knowledge in rotations such as: Code Enforcement, Animal Adoption Center, Investigations and Graffiti Abatement.
If you are interested or need a application, please contact the YLI Internship Coordinators:
PSO Gloria Bradford: (559) 324-2533
CSO Margarita Serrano: (559) 324-2599