In 2005, Sheriff Mitchum implemented the C.H.A.M.P.S. program in the Twiggs County public and private school systems.
C.H.A.M.P.S. is a twelve-week program that targets fifth graders. The program was designed by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and stands for Choosing Healthily Activities and Methods Promoting Safety. C.H.A.M.P.S. promotes child participation in health activities that are drug and alcohol free, non-violent, and promote safety. Some of the course programs include Alcohol Awareness; Drug Awareness; Choices and Consequences; Positive Alternatives; Vehicle Safety; and Seat Belt Usage.
The Sheriff’s Office has two certified C.H.A.M.P.S. instructors, Sgt. Oscar Basley and Sgt. Alex Bell. Sgt. Basley is assigned to the school systems full time and teaches the program on a daily basis.
Our C.H.A.M.P.S. program has been well received by the school systems and parents.
Mission Statement: To provide an educational program to Georgia’s youth, which provides guidance, and the skills, ability and knowledge to be safe, healthy, and happy, in preparation for a successful life.
Today’s students face dangers older generations could not have imagined, Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.) was founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to address these urgent challenges.
The flexible, twelve-week program includes a weekly hour-long lesson from a C.H.A.M.P.S. certified deputy sheriff. Subject matter includes:
- Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse Prevention
- Boating/Swimming Safety
- Hunting/Gun Safety
- Gangs and Violence
- Peer Pressure
- And Much More!