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Fall River G.R.E.A.T. Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $46,000)

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 Fall River Police Department will utilize Fiscal Year 07 G.R.E.A.T. Program funds to train three additional officers to deliver the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum to all students in the 6th and 7th grades. The department will implement the middle school and summer components and anticipates serving approximately 1,700 students. The Fall River Police Department is committed to helping the youth in Fall River resist gang involvement by implementing and sustaining their G.R.E.A.T. Program.


Date Created: August 23, 2007