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Gang Resistance Education and Training

Award Information

Award #
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $7,322)

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 Greenfield Police Department will use its grant award to fund overtime for the School Resource Officer, who will then able to teach G.R.E.A.T. to 700 students, in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The School Resource Officer currently is not assigned on a fulltime basis to the schools due to staffing and current funding levels, as he is also responsible for daily patrol duties. This funding will allow the School Resource Officer to teach the G.R.E.A.T. program, and use the overtime to fill in daily patrol.


Date Created: September 19, 2006