Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $70,095)
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 James City County Police Department (the Department) has collaborated with the Williamsburg and the James City County School Division to develop and implement the G.R.E.A.T. program in the County's middle schools. They have designed the following program to be implemented in the 2007/2008 school year and during the summer of 2008.
The Department will hire one full-time law enforcement officer to serve as the G.R.E.A.T. Coordinator for the middle schools and to coordinate the Summer Camp Program. This officer will also be responsible for other youth-related prevention programs within the Department. The funding requested includes: salary, benefits, incentives and gifts for the G.R.E.A.T. participants and graduates; supplies for graduates and staff; and, food and water for the summer camp.
The Department will send seven (7) law enforcement officers to receive the G.R.E.A.T. training this summer in Phoenix, Arizona. The funding requested includes travel, lodging, and per diem for these officers.
The Department will implement a Summer Camp Program for the Summer of 2008 that will serve approximately 85 middle school students. The salaries for all law enforcement officers, other than the G.R.E.A.T. Coordinator, will be supported by the Department.