Since 2003, Johnson County Youth Assistance/Crime Prevention has provided informational and safety programs for schools and other organizations in Johnson County free of charge without the use of tax money. Private sponsors fund this division of the Sheriff’s Office in their hope to help children prepare for modern safety issues.
Deputy Brian Baird was appointed head of this endeavor at its inception and Sheriff Doug Cox views the program as a positive influence on our youth and an educational practicality. Over the years, this program has grown into a yearly tradition that fulfills the ever-increasing need for child safety awareness in our county schools. The safety programs are primarily directed toward children aged kindergarten through fourth grade. Topics include the following:
All of these programs are written and produced by Johnson County Youth Assistance/Crime Prevention and include a video portion to enhance and solidify the content for the children. We also offer a program for adolescents called Decisions and Consequences to those who request it.
Alongside our program topics and videos, we have “Ruger,” who joined the program in February 2006. Ruger is a certified and badged Search and Recovery K-9 in Johnson County.
Alongside our program topics and videos, we have a Search and Recovery component to display how canines help find missing people. This piece of our program is often exciting for both young people and adults.
We grieve to inform you that our well-loved white boxer, Ruger, passed away December 25, 2013, after his valiant battle against lymphoma. Beginning in February 2006, Ruger completed demonstrations for youth in schools and community organizations until very near his departure from this world. During his time with us, Ruger won the hearts of the masses with his animated personality and tenacious work ethic —we are sure that the citizens of Johnson County will not soon forget our cherished friend.
Benny, Ruger’s anticipated replacement, is currently training with Indiana K-9 Search and Recovery. Deputy Baird and Deputy Beth rescued Benny, a kind-hearted black Labrador retriever mix, in January 2012. He is a little shy, but we know that will change as he gains more experience training in public. We will update everyone when Benny is ready to begin completing demonstrations for schools and organizations.
We look forward to hearing from you if you desire our services in your school or organization, or if you have any questions about our programs. If you need assistance in finding a missing person, please contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office directly.
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