G.R.E.A.T. Federal Agency Partners
In 1991, the G.R.E.A.T. Program was developed through a combined effort of the U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Phoenix Police
Department (PPD). In early 1992, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
joined ATF and the PPD to expand the program nationwide. For the next 11 years,
ATF supported G.R.E.A.T. local programs nationwide in the form of grants. FLETC
provided the support necessary to train G.R.E.A.T. instructors.
ATF continues to support G.R.E.A.T. by providing experienced staff to the National
Training Committee (NTC) and National Training Team (NTT) and promotes the program
at educator, law enforcement, and crime prevention conferences. Although FLETC no
longer supports the G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (GOT) courses, it provides valuable
assistance to G.R.E.A.T. through its support of curriculum development and review
committees, G.R.E.A.T. Officer In-Service Training
in each of the four regions. FLETC also provides in-service training for the NTT.
In 2004, Congress directed that overall program administration of G.R.E.A.T. be transferred
to the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, which assigned control to the
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Between 2004 and 2009, BJA distributed nearly $60 million
in grant funds to a variety of state and local jurisdictions to support their local G.R.E.A.T.
For a more complete history, see History of the G.R.E.A.T. Program.
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