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Gang Resistance Education and Training Program

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
DuPage Co.
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $8,003)

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 Villa Park Police Department has participated in the G.R.E.A.T. program for the past 20 years and will continue to provide the middle school component to approximately 500 students in the 7th grade. The department has one certified G.R.E.A.T. officer who also serves as school liaison officer to the middle schools. This dual role has allowed the officer to build positive relationships with students and better address their needs. The officer participates in a local mentoring program which provides additional opportunities to assist youth. The G.R.E.A.T. program will continue to operate in collaboration with the schools, social services agencies, and other law enforcement organizations.


Date Created: September 18, 2006