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U.S. Marshal Partners With G.R.E.A.T.

The U.S. Marshals Service in the Northern District of Ohio has joined the G.R.E.A.T. partnership to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and our young people to create safer communities. As a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, U.S. Marshal Peter J. Elliott was knowledgeable of the G.R.E.A.T. Program and supported these efforts by affording Deputy U.S. Marshal Miranda Holloway the opportunity to become certified to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum. On May 6, 2005, the Cleveland Federal Executive Board recognized Deputy Holloway at the 2005 Wings of Excellence Recognition and Awards Program. The program guide noted: "Deputy U.S. Marshal Miranda Holloway is a shining representative of the Marshals Service for her positive attitude and tremendous work effort. In addition to her regular duties, Deputy Holloway volunteered to become certified as a Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) instructor. G.R.E.A.T. is a partnership created to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and our young people. Deputy Holloway teaches students a life skills competency program designed to provide the students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. Deputy Holloway has taught this program for the past two years in the Cleveland Public School District. Her initiative and dedication to forging a positive relationship between children and law enforcement officers is to be commended."

Deputy Holloway is the only U.S. Marshal in the country currently certified to teach G.R.E.A.T., but the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the G.R.E.A.T. Program are working in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service to get additional deputy marshals certified. Additional photographs of Deputy Holloway and the students at Whitney Young Middle School can be viewed at the district's Web site at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/news/chron/2004/072804.htm.

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