The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office will host the 2023 C.H.A.M.P.S. graduation inside Mercer University’s Hawkins’s Arena, May 18, 2023, at 10:30a.m.

C.H.A.M.P.S. stands for Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety. The mission statement for C.H.A.M.P.S. is to provide an educational program for Georgia’s youth, which provides guidance, and skills, ability and knowledge to be safe, healthy, and happy, in preparation for a successful life. The program was founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association to address these urgent challenges.

Lesson plans taught in the program includes alcohol and drug abuse, bullying, internet safety, being leaders and followers, peer pressure, gangs, graduation, home alone/child abduction safety, stress, tobacco and violence.

A C.H.A.M.P.S. project is done by students to include an essay, poster contest, choices and consequences and positive alternatives. The program is taught by deputy sheriff’s who have successfully completed C.H.A.M.P.S. instructor training. The program is designed to be a twelve week program and classes last approximately one hour, one day a week.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office wants to teach our juveniles that there are other alternatives and safe ways when it comes to good decision making.