The selection of your G.R.E.A.T. instructor is an important part of your program's
success. The program is very intensive, and great care must be exercised in the
selection of your officer. The following information will aid you in that selection
Personal Characteristics of a G.R.E.A.T. Instructor
- Enjoys working with children
- Comfortable talking with a group of people from diverse backgrounds
- Exemplary work record
- Positive role model
- Well respected by peers
- Well respected by agency management
- Able to grasp concepts and effectively communicate them both to children and adults
- Able to relate well to people, both children and adults
- Able to respond well to impromptu questions
G.R.E.A.T. involves a great deal of personal commitment on the part of the officer(s).
It begins with the intensive one-week or two-week training. The training will require
many out-of-classroom hours for preparation. All classroom sessions are mandatory
for certification. Those who find that they cannot commit to every session need
to reenroll for a future available training. Each training participant will be required
to make several formal and informal presentations. Failure to meet minimum standards will result
While attending the training, officers will be under the functional supervision of
the G.R.E.A.T. supervisor. Minor disciplinary problems will be handled by the supervisor
in charge. Major disciplinary problems will be brought to the attention of the involved
officer's agency. Major disciplinary problems may result in noncertification of
G.R.E.A.T. is a primary duty assignment. Each agency will receive an evaluation
of officer performance at the conclusion of the training.
After the Training
Upon certification, officers will return to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum to children
in the classroom. Each officer will soon learn that the assignment demands a great
deal of time and energy. Proper preparation for each classroom presentation is essential.
Likewise, each officer will be asked to spend out-of-classroom time with the children
to provide for informal interaction. This time with the children is most important.
Each officer will also need to devote time to parent-teacher meetings. Experienced
G.R.E.A.T. instructors claim that they have never worked so hard. Additionally, they
are also insistent that they have never had a more rewarding assignment. However,
these rewards require a great deal of preparation and personal commitment.