Saturday, December 10, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- At a time when many children need a role model, Duluth police officers are getting involved.
Last month, the city's police force introduced a new program to Duluth Middle School, modeled after the ADVANCE program that has served elementary school kids for years.
The point is to talk to kids about decisions that could impact their future in a more "grown-up" way than the earlier program, a press release said.
So the Community Oriented Policing Services division introduced the BADGE program, which stands for Bullying, Alcohol, Drugs and Gangs Education.
Master Patrol Officer Bobby Johnson has begun teaching the program to seventh-graders during health classes four days a week. The course lasts three weeks and is expected to reach more than 300 students this year, the release said.
"What a great program," Mayor Nancy Harris said. "Bobby is doing a great job and the students have responded very positively in the class. He seems to get things from them that teachers sometimes can't. We really appreciate the hard work that has gone in to putting this program together for our students. Keep up the great work we look forward to future classes."