The Youth Services Section is responsible for a variety of different assignments involving the youth of Pinellas Park. The one full time officer assigned to this section is responsible for teaching the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) Program at all five of the city's public elementary schools and several private schools.
In addition to the DARE responsibilities, the Youth Services Section is also tasked with conducting investigations on runaway juveniles.
The Youth Services detective also serves as the lead advisor to the teens that make up the Pinellas Park Public Safety Cadet Program. The cadet program is a young adult program for youth ages 14 to 20. The purpose is for young adults to help their communities while learning about law enforcement. The Post is also affiliated with the National Volunteer in Police Services Program (VIPS) and has 30 active members.
If you would like to report youth problems in your neighborhood or would like additional information on the Youth Services Section, please contact us at 727-369-7825.