History of the Junior Marshal Program

The Junior Marshal Program, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2005 in Columbus (Muscogee County) Georgia  by Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman.  Marshal Countryman saw the need for a pro-active public safety body to address the prevention of delinquent behavior in the community while at the same time attempting to dispel the perception of public safety as an adversary.  After conferring with various civic, educational, and other entities within the community, Marshal Countryman founded the Junior Marshal Program and partnered with the Muscogee County School District. With an initial financial commitment consisting solely of local corporate funding, the Junior Marshal Program was founded as nonprofit corporation. 

Mission Statement

  The Junior Marshal Program is a mentoring program for a selected group of Muscogee County Middle School students to foster character development, prevent delinquent behavior and provide positive interaction between public safety personnel, students and their parents.

 Vision Statement

The Junior Marshal Program envisions a community where positive pro-active efforts from a combined community will result in the prevention of delinquent behavior, thereby enabling our youth to realize their full potential, render them capable of making informed decisions about their future, and preparing them to assume their rightful place as productive, participating citizens.

 Junior Marshal Creed

I am a Junior Marshal, dedicated to being a good citizen, a leader, and a role model in my community.  I will strive for excellence and will assist others to attain the same.  I will always do my best to be the best that I can be.  I will follow instructions to the best of my ability, and when called upon to do the extraordinary, I will respond in a positive manner.  I will conduct myself in an honorable manner and will respect others, as I would have them respect me.  I believe in the ideals that make America great, and I will support and defend the rights of all people regardless of race, gender, or religion.

Mentoring Essential Task List

 A Task List has been established for each area of the training acronym that defines the requirements to be met on a go/no-go basis.  Participants in the Junior Marshal Program will be evaluated at each organizational activity.  This evaluation will be the responsibility of the Junior Marshal Program Manager and Program Coordinator and will be considered in determining if the mentoring goals have been met.

 C   -  CITIZENSHIP

 L   -  LEADERSHIP

 E   -  EDUCATION

 F -  FUN

 T  -  TEAMWORK