Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $2,619,483)
The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) will continue to provide and coordinate the national training and technical assistance for the Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program'a school-based, life-skills competency program taught by uniformed law enforcement officers and other criminal justice professionals. The primary goal of G.R.E.A.T. is to prevent violence, especially crimes associated with gang activity. G.R.E.A.T. helps youth foster positive attitudes toward law enforcement, avoid conflict, resist peer pressure, and develop a strong sense of personal responsibility. IIR will coordinate logistical support for training throughout the country, national policy and planning meetings, and representational support at national conferences. They will also: produce and disseminate informational and educational materials; maintain administrative databases and the G.R.E.A.T. Web site; provide police officer scholarships; and collect and analyze G.R.E.A.T. pre- and post-instruction surveys.