Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $196,510)
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 Office of Harris County Constable Precinct 7 has adopted a multifaceted stance against gangs involving prevention, education, enforcement, community involvement, referral, and collaboration. With the G.R.E.A.T. program and curriculum as the key mechanisms in combating gang proliferation, the Precinct's strategy is to expand the G.R.E.A.T. program, to expand its reach in the community, and to continue to work with the community, interfaith programs, and other agencies to achieve this. The Precinct 7 G.R.E.A.T program is central to the Precinct's fight to deter youth from becoming involved in gangs and street crime. Funding from this grant will be used to expand the reach of Constable Precinct 7's G.R.E.A.T. program. This will include enhancement of the Summer Program, introduction of the Families Training Program, and the assignment of additional officers to help reach all eligible and at-risk schoolchildren in the Precinct.