For the Kids
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office offers several programs for children including:
- “B.L.A.S.T.” (Bring Life and Skills Together)
- Partnership with Douglas County Board of Education
- Educate all 5th grade classes in the Douglas County Public School district about harmful effects of tobacco, decision-making skills, assertiveness, goal-setting, effects of advertising, conflict resolution and good communication skills.
- Safe Kids Douglas
- Works with local schools, community groups, and businesses to implement child injury prevention programs in the following risk areas:
- Child Passenger Safety
- Pedestrian and Bike Safety
- Water Safety
- Home Safety
- Poison Safety
- Fire / Burn Safety
- GA C.H.I.P. (Georgia Child Identification Program) in partnership with Masons
- Georgia Masons provide the GACHIP program FREE of charge as a public service and as our gift to the citizens of our state. GACHIP-the Georgia Child Identification Program is one of the most comprehensive Child Recovery, Identification, and Abduction Awareness programs ever to be offered to parents in the state of Georgia.
- At a GACHIP event, Freemasons set up the equipment necessary, to generate completed identification kits. Each person progresses through several stations taking about 10 to 15 minutes for the entire process. The recorded information is presented to the child's parent or guardian to take home for safekeeping. There is no age limit!
- GACHIP provides a valuable tool for the parents or guardians on a small computer disk that includes:
- Full color digital photographs showing various poses of the child: These color photographs can be circulated by the police to the media in the case of abduction and can be used in the Amber Alert Program.
- A complete set of digital fingerprints: Everyone's fingerprints are unique and are a well known tool for recovery, investigation and identification.
- DNA and Scent: The swift recovery of a missing person can be aided by tracking dogs.
- Information about the child including: Distinguishing features such as hair and eye color, scars, etc. The disk will also contain contact information for parents or guardians.
- All of the identifying information collected at the event about the child is given to the child's family. The GACHIP program retains only the permission slip that must be signed prior to participation in the event. All other data is permanently erased after the child's document is prepared.
- “Officer Friendly” Talks
- Numerous safety talks in the community with small children to leave a good impression and so they will learn to trust the Sheriff deputies
- Schools, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts request tours of our facility every year
Resources for Child Safety and Education: