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Trenton Police Department FY 2006 G.R.E.A.T. Program

Award Information

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

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $38,300)

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 City of Trenton Police Department has one sworn police officer assigned to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum. The officer has been teaching the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in the city schools for nearly 10 years. He spends approximately 725 hours a year teaching the G.R.E.A.T. Program and the remaining time is spent organizing and implementing Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) activities. His involvement in both of these programs enables him to not only deter gang membership through his classroom instruction, but to also provide the youth with athletic activities that utilize their free time in a more positive manner.


Date Created: September 19, 2006