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Deputy-Cadet program keeps kids off streets in Quitman County

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QUITMAN COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - The streets can be tough for teens in rural Georgia.

If they don't stay in school, police say most turn to selling drugs and getting into trouble.

Now, sheriff's deputies in Quitman County are coming up with another option--the new Deputy-Cadet Explorer Program, set to kick off in less than two weeks.

"We want to show them there are people that care, and there are ways to do things other than the wrong way," said Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram of the Quitman County Sheriff's Office.

Open to kids ages 14-20, the program offers hands on experience learning about crime scene investigation, directing traffic, and even being put to work as dispatchers for the Sheriff's office.

With a shortage of law enforcement officers around the nation, they hope it will boost new hires in the area and give kids a future they couldn't attain before.

"It's a good profession they can choose that will help them with skills they can't acquire anywhere else," said Chief Ingram.

While it helps the kids, it also helps the Sheriff's office, giving them more tools in the fight to keep the community safe.

"It gives us more eyes and ears on the street, as well as more allies in the community, and it generates tons of information on crimes in community. It's a win-win situation," said Chief Ingram.

The Sheriff's office hopes to get 15-20 kids this year in the program, and then expand from there.

The Deputy-Cadet Explorer program will meet every other Saturday at the Sheriff's office in Georgetown starting on September 5th.

All kids from the area are encouraged to come, not just Quitman County residents.

If you are interested, just call 229-334-3726 to register.


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