The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) would like to announce that Deputy Anna Banks will be the new instructor for the Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.) program for the 2016-2017 school year. C.H.A.M.P.S. is a prevention-based program for 7th grade students which has been offered in Floyd County since 2005. A collaborative partnership between six county schools, Darlington School, Georgia School for the Deaf and Unity Christian School, the C.H.A.M.P.S. curriculum includes classes about bullying, choices and consequences, internet safety, gangs, peer pressure, methamphetamine, alcohol and tobacco.
“I am very excited to have been selected as the new C.H.A.M.P.S. Instructor,” commented Deputy Anna Banks. “I have a lot of personal and professional experience I can bring, and a passion for this program.”
During Banks’ 11-years with the Sheriff’s Office she has served in numerous capacities. In July of 2005, she joined the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office as a receptionist. Deputy Banks then transferred to the Records Division and from there served in various positions within the agency. Over the years Banks has proven to be dedicated and capable. In December of 2015, Deputy Banks graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy obtaining the title of Deputy Sheriff. Deputy Banks is an active member of the Sheriff’s Youth Initiative and coordinates the annual Cops for Kids softball tournament that raises funds for Floyd County Special Olympics.
Deputy Banks, an Armuchee High School graduate, is looking forward to giving back through C.H.A.M.P.S. She accredits the influences she had as a young person to having helped her grow into the professional she is today.
“Upon graduating high school, I entered college and began my journey to become teacher, volunteering as a teacher’s assistant in my spare time,” said Deputy Banks. “As I continued on this path, I kept returning to the idea of joining law enforcement.”
Following her heart to a career in law enforcement was largely in part to the encouragement of four special people in Deputy Banks’ life.
“My adolescence was difficult, as it is for most children transitioning from childhood,” recalled Banks, “but it was during this time that I was influenced by four individuals that would change my life forever: educators Brenda Atkins and Faye Darby; and law enforcement officers Sergeant Danny Logan and Sergeant Barry Sutton. These four made me who I am today. They evoked a passion inside of me to reach down and help others reach their goals and make better decisions.”
During the last several weeks as school came to a close, Banks made visits to the schools to start building relationships with students and teachers. This opportunity to connect will ensure a smooth transition for C.H.A.M.P.S. in the 2016-2017 school year. Deputy Banks, who is the FCSO’s fourth C.H.A.M.P.S. Instructor, will attend the Georgia Sheriff’s Association 80-hour C.H.A.M.P.S. certification program in June.
“I look forward to getting my certification and starting my work with the C.H.A.M.P.S. program,” stated Deputy Banks. “To be a part of shaping our children into the leaders of tomorrow is such a privilege.”
For additional information about C.H.A.M.P.S. visit www.floydsheriff.com or contact Deputy Banks at 706-291-4110.