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Little champs graduate from Georgia sheriffs program

The children all graduated from the program (Source: WALB) The children all graduated from the program (Source: WALB)
Certified deputies taught each course (Source: WALB) Certified deputies taught each course (Source: WALB)
Sheriff Billy Hancock (Source: WALB) Sheriff Billy Hancock (Source: WALB)
CRISP CO., GA (WALB) -

More than 300 5th graders in Crisp County came home from school with smiles on their faces, all thanks to their local sheriff's office.

Friday morning Crisp Co. Sheriff Billy Hancock handed out graduation diplomas to children in the "CHAMPS" program.

The 12 week program is sponsored by the Georgia Sheriff's Association.

Each week a certified deputy teaches the kids about health and safety.

They cover topics anywhere from bullying to drug and alcohol use.

"We couldn't do it without a county effort. We couldn't do it without the school system, the commissioners financing and funding the opportunity to be there, without the law enforcement officers wanting to be in the school system and wanting to be with out kids," said Sheriff Hancock.

Right now the program focuses on 5th graders at the public and private schools in Crisp Co.

Sheriff Hancock says there is talk of possible expansion to other grades.

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