Third grade students from each elementary school in the county were selected to be Sheriff for a Day on Monday.
As part of the Jr. Deputy Program put on by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, one third grade student from each school was chosen by their teachers to take part in a tour of the Sheriff’s Office and Government Center.
Throughout the school year, Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Stewart Smith has traveled to each elementary school teaching third grade students on school safety, home safety, bicycle safety, and saying no to drugs and alcohol.
“The Jr. Deputy Program is important because it allows us to reach every third grader within the Troup County School System by teaching them four basic lessons,” Sheriff James Woodruff said. “This is also a way for us to be a partner with the schools and its staff.”
Out of nearly 1,000 students, 12 were selected based on grades, attitude and character, Smith said.
Deputies were sent out to each school at 9 a.m. to pick up the students. As part of being sheriff for the day, students toured the jail, command center, courtrooms, and the 911 center. They watched a K-9 demonstration and spoke with investigators and Judge A. Quillian Baldwin Jr. Students also met with City Manager Tod Tentler.
“Aside from being able to teach students valuable safety lessons during the school year, it allows us to develop relationships with the students and they are able to get to know us well,” Smith said. “If one student takes something away from the program, then it’s worth every minute.”
Students participating in Sheriff for a Day were Ivan Lopez-Herrera from Berta, Emma Anglin from Callaway, Jordan Cofield from Ehtel Kight, Holly Nelms from Franklin Forrest, Abigail German from Hillcrest, Rylan Williamson from Hogansville, Jonquail Gates from Hollis Hand, Bryan Villatoro-Fernandez from Long Cane, Corrin White from Mountville, Peyton Hughes from Rosemont, Brooklyn Hewitt from West Point, and Nykeria Boddi from Whitesville Rd.