The Dade County Sheriff's Office currently employs 2 full time School Resource Officers. Captain David Duvall is assigned to the Middle and High Schools, while Sergeant Payne is assigned to the 2 Elementary Schools. Both Deputies are available to school staff, and assist them as needed.


Sheriff Cross is very passionate about about teaching the youth in our county, about the hazards of drugs and bad decisions. He adopted a curriculum designed by the Georgia Sheriff's Association, addressing those concerns, and assigned select deputies to teach it to our elementary schools. This program is known as C.H.A.M.P.S.


C.H.A.M.P.S. is an educational program designed by the Georgia Sheriff's Association, for 5th grade students. It stands for Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety. It is designed to help students make the healthy decisions that come along with daily living. It was designed by the Sheriff’s of Georgia, to create a program that is customizable to your area, and your school system. Not every county teaches the same curriculum.


We currently teach 20 lessons throughout the school year.


Some of those lessons are:


• Introduction to C.H.A.M.P.S.

• Water Safety

• Stress

• Understanding Violence

• Alcohol

• Bullying

• Home Alone & Child Abduction Safety

• ATV Safety

• Prescription Drugs

• Internet Safety

• Hunting/ Firearm Safety

• Methamphetamine

• Marijuana

• Cocaine

• Tobacco

• Poster/Essay

• Peer Pressure

• Graduation


We do several activities throughout the year, like bringing the K-9's in to the school to meet the students, a field trip to the jail, and several other hands-on activities  At the end of the year, the Sheriff’s Office has a pizza party for the students. Also, there is a graduation for those students who have successfully completed the program.



















Captain David Duvall

School Resource Officer

C.H.A.M.P.S. Instructor

Sergeant Chad Payne

School Resource Officer

C.H.A.M.P.S. Instructor


Detective Barry Irwin

C.H.A.M.P.S. Instructor