Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $35,367)
The Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program is a life-skills competency program designed to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. G.R.E.A.T.'s violence prevention curriculum helps students develop values and practice behaviors that will assist them to avoid destructive activities. The G.R.E.A.T. program coordinates with federal, regional, state and local agencies, as well as individuals from community and civic groups. The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to train law enforcement officers in a school-based curriculum in which the officers provide instruction to school-aged children in life skill competencies, gang awareness, and anti-violence techniques. Training in the core G.R.E.A.T. program is provided to officers from any state or local law enforcement agency.
The City of Hinesville and Liberty County plan to use the G.R.E.A.T. funds for providing drug, violence, and gang prevention education for this community. In 1999, Hinesville and Liberty County agreed to jointly participate in the G.R.E.A.T. Program. Because both officers are dual-certified in D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. curriculums, they spend the first half of the school year teaching D.A.R.E., the second half of the year teaching the G.R.E.A.T. component, and May through July teaching the summer component.