The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is to help youth develop positive life skills
that will help them avoid gang involvement and violent behavior. G.R.E.A.T. uses
a communitywide approach to combat the risk factors
associated with youth involvement in gang-related behaviors. The curricula were
developed through the collaborative efforts of experienced law enforcement officers
and specialists in criminology, sociology, psychology, education, health, and curriculum
design and are designed to reinforce each other. The three (3) different curricula
are intended for different audiences and are most effective when youth are exposed
to more than one of the curricula. The lessons included in each curriculum are interactive
and designed to allow students to practice positive behaviors that will remain with
them during the remainder of their development years.
Since the G.R.E.A.T. Program went nationwide in 1992, many law enforcement agencies and
schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, Bermuda,
Canada, Central America, England, and military bases in Japan and Germany have implemented the program.
Currently, the G.R.E.A.T. Program is delivered in
over 500 communities across the United States. In order to maintain the integrity of the
G.R.E.A.T. Program, it is necessary to have a strong organizational structure to regulate
decisions and program or curricula changes.
G.R.E.A.T. Organizational Chart
The structure of the G.R.E.A.T. Program oversight organization is depicted in this
one-page interactive Organizational Chart. It shows the relationship between the federal and
regional partners and the local communities. Click the button below to view a PDF
version of the Organizational Chart.
G.R.E.A.T. Governing Policies
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is governed by a Strategic Plan, Policy Manual, Training
Procedures, and Quality Review Committee Guidelines. Each of these documents is
made available below:
The G.R.E.A.T. Strategic Plan, last revised in June 2010, is a statement of
the short- and long-term goals of the G.R.E.A.T. national program through 2015.
It contains several overall goals and the specific objectives that must be accomplished
in order for the national program to measure its success. The following button will
provide the full text of this document in PDF.
Policy Manual and Training Procedures
The G.R.E.A.T. Policy Manual and G.R.E.A.T. Training Procedures provide policy guidance
and help to ensure the consistency of the program. These documents were created
and are periodically updated by the National Policy Board and National Training
Committee, respectively. The following buttons will provide the full text of these
documents in PDF.
G.R.E.A.T. Quality Review Guidelines
The G.R.E.A.T. Quality Review Guidelines outline the terms and conditions
of using the G.R.E.A.T. trademarked logo so that the products displaying the G.R.E.A.T.
name are appropriate and of the highest quality. The following button will provide
the full text of this document in PDF.