A relationship formed between law enforcement and Columbus youth over a decade ago is reaping its rewards. Local students involved in the Junior Marshal’s program were recognized during a special graduation ceremony on Thursday.
The middle school students who were recognized for their dedication to the Junior Marshal’s program are not only possibility models for what can be achieved when law enforcement and the community work together-they’re also our future public servants with a focus on leadership, education and teamwork among other positive traits. These incredible student leaders, with the support of their families in attendance are the realization of founder and Marshal Greg Countryman’s vision, which he shared.
“The Junior Marshal program was founded in 2005 because I wanted to give the middle school students a choice,” says Countryman. “In life we all have choices and with the right assistance and right mentorship we can make great leaders.”
Delivering the address to the Junior Marshal’s was Muscogee County School Board Chairwoman Kia Chambers.
According to Countryman, since the programs inception, not a single Junior Marshal has been involved in illegal activity and many have pursued higher education at universities across the state.