Muscogee County Marshal's adds new member

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Marshal's Office's introduced its newest member. In his first on-camera interview, the new deputy told us how he plans to help kids all over the area.

Right now he is waiting for a name, but the robot - that is a German Shepard in a miniature police car -- is part of the D.A.R.E. program and the Junior Marshal's program. He talks, blinks, rolls around, plays music and even squirts water.

The Marshal's plan to use him as an outreach program for kids from Kindergarten through middle school. Marshal Greg Countryman told News Leader Nine, "When they can see the character bringing the same message then it resonates differently than for me or my deputies to walk in and talk with the kids."

The "Nameless" robot added, "I'm going to be a part of the D.A.R.E. Program and the Junior Marshal program. I will help kids and I'll talk to them about being safe and being responsible."

The robot deputy is controlled by a dare spokesperson who operates a remote control and microphone. His first appearance will be Friday, March 27th at Fort Middle School's career day.