Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $31,300)
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 Delaware County Sheriff's Office, with the support of the local county school districts, will use FY 2006 G.R.E.A.T. funds to implement the middle school component of the G.R.E.A.T. Program. In order to implement a 13-week middle school education program within the county school district, G.R.E.A.T. program funds will be used to support three School Resource Officers to participate in the G.R.E.A.T. National Training Conference for certification.