Muscogee County Marshal's Office says programs for youth and adults could lower crime numbers

Muscogee County Marshal's Office says programs for youth and adults could lower crime numbers

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's been a violent week in the Chattahoochee Valley. There have been four shootings with multiple injuries this week alone.

"If we want to see a better Columbus, if we want to see a stronger Columbus, and if we want to see a more vibrant Columbus, the crime has to stop," says Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman.

"We can't really blame that on law enforcement or the community. There are certain elements in the community who are at fault here," says  Curtis Lockette, captain of the Muscogee County Marshal's Office. 

Representatives with the marshal's office say the treatment to these violent crimes could come in relationship building between members of the community, law enforcement, and those in local government.

"We have to have programs and we do. We have several programs right here in Columbus to reach those youth who are coming up and who will one day be adults," says Lockette.

"We have a junior marshal program that has a 100 percent success rate. We don't have our teens involved in gang activity, truancy, teen pregnancy, drugs or any of these. It's a two-year program," says Countryman.

They say this program along with an adult program called Refuse To Be A Victim helps to bridge the gap and invest in the community.

"We have to be proactive and if we have to invest a certain dollar amount, then we need to look at public safety first," says Countryman.

"We just hope people learn to really resolve conflicts in a non-violent way. We'll keep teaching our programs and we hope we can make an impact on our community," says Lockette.

To learn more about these programs, call 706-653-4385.

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