In order for a law enforcement professional to be certified to teach any of the
G.R.E.A.T. curricula, successful completion of G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (GOT)
is required. The training is a comprehensive course that focuses on the structure
and content of the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum and provides knowledge of current gang
trends, while building the skills necessary to teach in a classroom setting. The goal of the GOT is to educate and certify officers to successfully deliver the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in their respective communities
Once a person successfully completes a GOT, they are certified to teach the middle
school curriculum, elementary curriculum, and summer program. In order to teach
the families component, an officer must attend and successfully complete a G.R.E.A.T.
Candidates for a 60-hour GOT class must meet the following requirements:
- Sworn criminal justice professionals, including
- local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers and agents
- military police;
- probation officers
- corrections officers
- two years of full-time experience in one of the professions listed above
- Commitment from the officer and his or her agency to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curricula to middle school and/or elementary students during the year following training
Officer Selection—Describes the personal characteristics, desired background, skills, and expectations of a prospective G.R.E.A.T. instructor.
Applying to Attend the Standard 60-Hour Training:
All applicants must complete a G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training Application. Once an applicant submits the application, the G.R.E.A.T. National Program Office will send the Agency Commitment Form to the e-mail address provided on the application. The Agency Commitment Form and a current Law Enforcement and Educational Agency Agreement must be on file with the G.R.E.A.T. National Program Office. If the applicant’s agency has not submitted a signed agreement within 12 months of the training date, this form must also be submitted with the application. Each law enforcement agency needs to submit this form only one time every 12 months for all applicants attending G.R.E.A.T. training.
Instructor Training Application
For those attending a G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training, tuition fees will be covered through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Complimentary double-occupancy lodging is provided for participants only at specified locations. The trainee or his/her agency is responsible for all transportation costs and meal costs
Attending Training Out of Region
Applicants are expected to attend training in their home region. Exceptions may be permitted when timely training is not available in the applicant's home region or when other extenuating circumstances exist. Any exception must be approved by the Regional Administrators of both the applicant’s home region and the region where the desired training is to be held. To request permission to attend training out of region, please contact the Regional Administrator of your home region.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program also offers a specialized, one-week training to qualified applicants only. Applicants for a specialized one-week G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training must complete the page titled "Additional Requirements Needed to Attend a one-week G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training".
To be eligible for a one-week training, candidates must have a minimum of one full semester of classroom teaching experience or extensive public-speaking experience, and have received instructor training certification that includes classroom management and teaching/training methodologies, or have documented equivalent practical experience.
Candidates with a valid elementary, secondary, or high school teaching certificate, with recent teaching experience, are also eligible.
For more information about attending a specialized one-week course, please contact your Regional Administrator or G.R.E.A.T. Program Training Coordinator at (850) 385-0600 ext. 240.