COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is looking for a few good boys and girls -- ages 14 to 20 -- to participate in a new program designed to educate and entertain.
The NCSO is establishing an Explorer program that will start students thinking about career opportunities as well as provide hands-on activities, field trips and law enforcement education.
"We want to help these students make wise decisions career-wise, whether it be in law enforcement or some other field," NCSO spokesman Lt. Tyrone Oliver said. "We want to get their minds focused on what they want to do after high school."
Headed by investigators Mark Joyner and Dora Brock, there will initially be 20 students allowed in the program, which will be ongoing. As students rotate out, others will be accepted.
"Explorers can be any student in the Newton County School System age 14 to 20 years who has completed the eighth grade," Oliver said. There is a $20 fee for participants.
Students at Eastside High School will have an opportunity to learn about the program today. Officers will be at Newton High School on Friday and at Alcovy High School on Jan. 21, handing our flyers and answering questions.
"It will allow kids to have a positive alternative activity rather than just hanging out on the streets," Oliver said. "It will also help establish a relationship with the youth and local law enforcement."
Explorers will be trained on incidents facing deputies daily so they will learn how to handle different "calls to duty," Oliver said. They will also learn fingerprinting, first aid, crowd control and other basic law enforcement skills.
Through the program the participants will train with NCSO deputies for several state competitions, including one that is held annually in Tennessee.
"The competitions help students with team building concepts and help boost self-esteem," Oliver said.
Also, there are scholarship opportunities offered through the Learning for Life/Explorer program.
Oliver said the first meeting will be held at NCSO headquarters on Alcovy Road at 6 p.m. Jan. 28, and those interested in becoming an Explorer are asked to attend.
"Questions will be answered and a packet of information will be given to parents," Oliver said.
Thereafter, the group will meet the second and fourth Thursdays of each month starting in February.
For more information, please contact Investigator Joyner at 678-625-1471 or Investigator Brock at 678-625-1453,