Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $216,806)
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 Lakewood will use G.R.E.A.T. funds for additional officers in the Clover Park School District (CPSD). The city believes with the introduction of the G.R.E.A.T. program in this area, all gang related activity will be reduced. Funds will be used to support a learning environment, increase student involvement, reduce discipline concerns, and help build a positive relationship between officers and students.