Sheriff seeks funding for summer CHAMPS program

Sheriff seeks funding for summer CHAMPS program

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office asks county commissioners for funding to keep the CHAMPS summer program going.

Sheriff's Officials say it's essential to keep kids safe and fight crime.

Deputies are asking for $9000 to buy recreation equipment for the program.  CHAMPS costs about $23,000 a year, mostly paid for by donations.

Sheriff's officials say the program is needed to keep kids off the streets.    Lt. Terron Hayes said "Facing the problems of alcohol, gangs, bullying, home alone, child abduction safety. It makes a big difference with the youth in our community and families."

The CHAMPS summer program averaged about 90 boys and girls between the ages of 7 to 14 from May to July.  The Sheriff's Office has sponsored a summer program for kids since 1996.

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