Muscogee County Sheriff's Office Community Involvement
The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office takes great pride in participating in a variety of community events that benefit the citizens of Muscogee County, the Chattahoochee Valley, and the State of Georgia. The Sheriff's Office provides volunteers to contribute their time and skills to enhance the quality of life in our County. Sheriff Darr feels it is vital for the Sheriff's Office to forge a strong partnership of participation and involvement with the various organizations and associations that provide community service to our community.
|The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office Community Partnerships
||Boy Scouts Sporting Clay Classic
||Armed Forces Disciplinary Board
||Boy Scouts of America
||Chattahoochee Law Enforcement Council
||Citizens Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA)
||Georgia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch-Run
||Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes Annual Golf Tournament
||Georgia Police & Fire Games - Co-Host for 4 years
||March of Dimes Relay For Life
||Youth Leadership Columbus
||Partners In Education with Martin Luther King Elementary School
||Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Board (SALT)
K.ID. Program – Children Fingerprinting
One of the most requested services provided by the Sheriff’s Office is the Child Fingerprinting Program. Sheriff Darr is proud to announce that the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Columbus Georgia Masons to assist with this very worthwhile cause.
Georgia Masons provide the GACHIP program FREE of charge as a public service and as our gift to the citizens of our state.
GACHIP-the GeorgiA CHild Identification Program is one of the most comprehensive Child Recovery, Identification, and Abduction Awareness programs ever to be offered to parents in the state of Georgia.
At a GACHIP event, Freemasons set up the equipment necessary, to generate completed identification kits.
Each person progresses through several stations taking about 10 to 15 minutes for the entire process. The recorded information is presented to the child's parent or guardian to take home for safekeeping.
There is no age limit!
GACHIP provides a valuable tool for the parents or guardians on a small computer disk that includes:
- Full color digital photographs showing various poses of the child: These color photographs can be circulated by the police to the media in the case of abduction and can be used in the Amber Alert Program.
- A complete set of digital fingerprints: Everyone's fingerprints are unique and are a well known tool for recovery, investigation and identification.
- DNA and Scent: The swift recovery of a missing person can be aided by tracking dogs.
- Information about the child including: Distinguishing features such as hair and eye color, scars, etc. The disk will also contain contact information for parents or guardians.
All of the identifying information collected at the event about the child is given to the child's family. The GACHIP program retains only the permission slip that must be signed prior to participation in the event. AII other data is permanently erased after the child's document is prepared.
Privacy is our number one criteria.
Program is endorsed by:Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Georgia Department of Military (National Guard), Georgia Police Officer’s Association, Georgia Peace Officer’s Group (POAG), Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Georgia Sheriff’s Association, Alpharetta Child Development Association
For more information on the GACHIP program check out the website at www.gachip.org
For upcoming events in our area check the Sheriff’s Event Calendar or contact Sergeant Kasey Trombley at (706)-225-3297
Partners In Education with Martin Luther King Elementary School
The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Muscogee County School District, has adopted Martin Luther King Elementary School as their Partners In Education.
The Sheriff's Office has implemented a mentoring program at the school, which encourages employees to interact with students. Deputies have become role models for the kids, re-enforcing that they can come to and trust Law Enforcement Officers for support and help. Representatives from the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office help with activities, read books to classes, make encouraging posters to hang in the halls, help raise money, help needy families, share lunch with the kids, assist with the Hearing & Vision Screening, and participate in the "Shop with a Cop" program. Sergeant Kasey Trombley is the coordinator for Sheriff's Office.
Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program
Sheriff John T. Darr and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to help educate the children of Muscogee County about what they should do if they discover a firearm. This will be done through cooperation of the Muscogee County School District, Martin Luther King Elementary school and Johnson elementary school.
The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program’s mascot, Eddie Eagle®, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules:
If you see a gun:
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.
Begun in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 21 million children — in all 50 states. This program was developed through the combined efforts of such qualified professionals as clinical psychologists, reading specialists, teachers, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, and law enforcement personnel.
The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they’re treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a stance that makes sense.
If you would like to know more about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program please contact Sergeants Kasey Trombley at (706) 225-3297, or visit the Eddie Eagle website at www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie.
Annual CWA/Georgia Sheriff's Golf Tournament
Each year, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office participates in the Annual CWA/Georgia Sheriff's Golf Tournament. All proceeds go to the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, Inc.
The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes is a childcare agency sponsored by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. The Youth Homes provide full-time residential care for up to 130 of Georgia's dependent, abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Founded in 1959, it now serves hundreds of children across six campuses, located in Columbus, Hahira, Dalton, LaGrange, Nunez, and Austell, Georgia.
The purpose of Youth Homes is to provide a secure future for Georgia’s needy and worthy children, and give them love, guidance, discipline and all the advantages that are every American child’s birthright. It is the mission of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes to continue to provide the best possible care for the dependent, neglected, abandoned and abused children of Georgia.
Georgia Special Olympics
Sheriff Deputies also take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual fund-raising event benefiting the Georgia Special Olympics. To learn more about the Georgia Special Olympics' Torch Run click here. For more information, contact Sergeant Kasey Trombley at (706) 225-3297.
S.A.L.T. - Seniors and Law Enforcement Together
S.A.L.T. is a program offered by the Sheriff's Office designed specifically for senior citizens to address concerns, generate an awareness and to provide information about law enforcement trends, new/changes in laws, elder abuse, and scams/crimes that victimize seniors. This program meets once a month with guest speakers from the community presenting topics of particular interest that are chosen by both the seniors and Officers. Any citizen of Muscogee County, age 50 or older, can take part in the S.A.L.T. program free of charge. For more information, call Sergeant Kasey Trombley (706) 225-3297.
Gun Lock Giveaway
Muscogee County Deputy Sheriffs join with representatives from Project HomeSafe, a firearm safety education program, to give away gunlocks. Representatives from the Sheriff's Office want to remind people that gunlocks are only one part of the gun safety solution. Sgt. Joe Stewart urges everyone to teach their children about guns. Sheriff John Darr offers this advice:
"Keep arms and ammunition in separate places. Control and lock up guns as much as you can. And teach children firearm safety."
Hispanic Outreach Program
As a response to the growing Hispanic population in Columbus, the MCSO takes part in the Columbus Consolidated Government Outreach Program. Our contact is Major Randy Robertson, (706)653-4225. We have a number of Spanish speaking officers available to come speak to your group. We also have materials translated into Spanish to better describe the different courts in the Court System of Muscogee County.
Como respuesta a la creciente población hispana en Columbus, el MCSO participa en el Columbus Consolidated Government Outreach Program. Nuestro contacto es Major Randy Robertson, (706) 653-4225. Tenemos un número de funcionarios disponibles que hablan español a que le hable al grupo. También contamos con materiales traducidos al español para describir mejor los diferentes tribunales en el sistema judicial del Condado de Muscogee.
El Sistema judicial en el Condado de Muscogee
Latinos en Columbus
Organizado por Olin Doss con invitados especiales:
- Isreal Torres, Metra Trnsit Systems
- Margarita Velasquez, CSU Reclutadora de Estudantes Hispanos
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