Created: Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:43:00 EST
Updated: Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:16:53 EST
It's common across Macon and Bibb County to see officers and firefighters spending quality time with area children, but Sheriff David Davis says, come consolidation, the D.A.R.E. program, and the Junior Deputy program are over.
"Let's look at something different, we've done the same thing over and over again for a number of years, let's try something different and hopefully get a more positive result," Davis said.
Davis says both agencies budget's for community outreach will consolidate with the government, but instead of continuing with their respective programs, the new agency will begin a program called C.H.A.M.P.S. or Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety.
"We can teach everything from bullying to ATV safety, to gangs, to peer pressure. It gives us a lot more flexibility," Davis said. "We can also tailor this instruction to particular schools that we see a particular need amongst those students."
Davis says the C.H.A.M.P.S. program is specifically designed to target middle school aged students, but events that connect his officers with community members of all ages will continue.
"There are some good programs that are going on right now. We'll just incorporate some of the C.H.A.M.P.S. curriculum into those camps and into those jamborees," Davis said. "I'm looking forward to putting these plans into action and getting these officers out there making contact with our community."