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The Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE programs offers proactive strategies to enhance protective factors for young people.

Sheriff Couch is committed to the education and safety of the children in Hall County.  Sheriff Couch dedicates five deputies to facilitate the A.D.V.A.N.C.E. (Avoiding Drugs, Violence, and Negative Choices Early) program to fifth graders at our twenty elementary schools in Hall County.   

The 10-week A.D.V.A.N.C.E. program has been used as a template for the Georgia Sheriff’s Association C.H.A.M.P.S. education model, and was recently adopted by the Gainesville Police Department.  Strategies include emphasis on development of social competence, conflict resolution, and positive alternatives to drugs,violence, cyber-bullying, and gangs.

In addition, informational lessons on personal safety, stranger-danger, internet safety, and water safety and health and fitness are facilitated through the fifth-grade curriculum.  For more information about the ADVANCE program, contact Lieutenant Gene Joy, M.A. at 770-533-7806 or by e-mail at: genejoy@hallcounty.org.  contact US