The Macon Police Athletic League brings in kids from all over the city to teach them about decision-making on the field and in life.
It's just one of the tools the police department uses to keep Macon's youth on the right path.
"Steering them away from things such as gang activity, drugs, peer pressure, teaching them how to cope with peer pressure, because that's some of the things our young people are faced with," explains Lieutenant Ellis Sinclair with the Youth and Intervention division.
Sinclair says they're also seeing more interest in the D.A.R.E program and community events.
"We work with the schools. We work with the churches. We work with various organizations, such as Volunteer Macon, Street Success Program which is off Houston Avenue. We work with various organizations that are helping children," he says.
Bibb Sheriff David Davis says consolidation will help grow both prevention and enforcement efforts.
He says, "It's a two-pronged effort with community outreach, going into the schools, the churches, and the community groups, but also from the investigative standpoint. When there is a crime committed, you need to get on it fast and make an arrest."
Davis says they will continue what the Macon Police is currently doing, but they will merge the D.A.R.E and Junior Deputy programs and create C.H.A.M.P. -- Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety. Davis says it has aspects of both programs but expands on other subjects like gangs and interpersonal relationships.
Sheriff Davis and the Macon Police Department are still working on what will be called the S.O.S -- Sheriff's Outreach Section. That's their youth and intervention plan for the consolidated government.