Sheriff’s Jr. Deputy program promotes safety of children, being a positive role model

Posted 11/24/21

A group of students from Visitation Inter-Parish School in Vienna recently completed Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman’s Junior Deputy program and a graduation was held for them.

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Sheriff’s Jr. Deputy program promotes safety of children, being a positive role model

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A group of students from Visitation Inter-Parish School in Vienna recently completed Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman’s Junior Deputy program and a graduation was held for them.

Sixth grader Tyler Rowden was named Outstanding Junior Deputy at the graduation ceremony. All of the participants received a certificate. 

The program is six-week course with classes held during the school day. The students meet for the junior deputy program once a week. 

This program was designed and developed by Sheriff Heitman. Every year he makes sure to take the time to personally teach these classes to students in 5th and 6th grades.

The classes the sheriff teaches include stranger danger, firearms safety in the home, being respectful of others, some basic self defense techniques to break free from a possible abduction, dangers of substance abuse, saying no to drugs, and an introduction to law enforcement. The students get a tour of the sheriff’s office with a question and answer session, and they do a basic fingerprint lifting course, among others.

“The goal of the course is to improve overall safety of the children by providing additional education on common safety topics, to promote being a positive role model in the community, and deterring them from substance abuse,” said Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Major Scott John. “We have always received positive feedback from the students, teachers, and parents. It is a great program and one I hope to see continued long after Sheriff Heitman has retired.”

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