The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County Board of Education announce a new program for fifth graders they hope will help kids make better decisions.
The Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (CHAMPS) program was founded in 2003, by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to address the challenges facing students that older generations didn’t face. The hope is that the course will “provide guidance, skills, the ability and knowledge to be safe, healthy and happy and better prepare themselves for a successful life,” according to a JCSO news release.
“The decision was made to send two officers to training for 2014 with hopes to have all school resource officers trained in the upcoming years,” explained Sheriff Janis Mangum.
The training is held once a year at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Corporal Cindy O’Barr and Deputy/SRO Tony Sullo completed the 80-hour course and became certified CHAMPS instructors.
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