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Establishing a G.R.E.A.T. Program

Establishing a G.R.E.A.T. Program

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about establishing a G.R.E.A.T. Program in your community. The information below is provided to help you understand the commitments necessary to establish a G.R.E.A.T. Program that will be successful. Included is information to assist you in the proper selection of officers to become G.R.E.A.T.-certified.

The success of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is founded on the mutual commitment of law enforcement and educational agencies, united in a common goal to:

  • Provide children with the skills necessary to combat the stresses that set the stage for gang involvement.
  • Provide children with accurate knowledge about gang involvement.
  • Provide children with the skills necessary to resolve conflicts peacefully.
  • Help children understand the need to set realistic goals.
Implementing a G.R.E.A.T. Program in a community requires careful consideration and planning. Below are three key areas to focus on when considering the establishment of a G.R.E.A.T. Program:

Agency Commitment – An overview of prospective law enforcement and educational agencies' formal commitment for hosting the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

Law Enforcement and Educational Agency Agreement – Guidelines for establishing a formal agreement between the law enforcement and school agencies to implement the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

Officer Selection – Describes the personal characteristics, desired background, skills, and expectations of a prospective G.R.E.A.T. instructor.

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