Very few programs can be implemented as inexpensively as G.R.E.A.T. Once in place, G.R.E.A.T. can be operated with few or no necessary costs. The following is a breakdown of potential costs, as well as what is provided at no cost to the implementing agency.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is making every effort to keep costs for training certified G.R.E.A.T. instructors as affordable as possible. A portion of the cost of training in the United States is covered through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), which helps to keep tuition fees reasonably low. For more information on tuition fees, see the descriptions for the G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (GOT), G.R.E.A.T. Families Training (GFT), and G.R.E.A.T. Officer In-Service Training (GOI). Depending on the location of the training relative to your agency, you may also need to provide lodging, travel, and meal expenses for your attendees.
For the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Central America, funding is provided through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the national government of each participating country. All tuition, as well as many other program expenses, are provided by INL.
Classroom materials necessary for an instructor to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curricula include the G.R.E.A.T. student handbooks, family letters, Extended Teacher Activities booklets, and personalizable graduation certificates. Aside from shipping costs (U.S. only), these materials are provided at no cost through the OJJDP grant. Certified G.R.E.A.T. instructors can order these materials online, using their Instructor/Applicant Resources account. Once officers have completed the G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training, the basic classroom components can be offered at little or no cost to the agency, aside from the cost of officer time to deliver the lessons and shipping costs of the student handbooks.
Optional Incentive Items
Motivational items—such as T-shirts, water bottles, pencils, and pens imprinted with the G.R.E.A.T. logo—are used to encourage students to participate in the lessons and help them develop a positive identity with the G.R.E.A.T. Program. These items are optional and can be ordered from G.R.E.A.T.-authorized vendors by the G.R.E.A.T. instructor’s agency, if funds are available.
As with most projects, personnel costs are often the biggest obstacle. Since the G.R.E.A.T. Program is law enforcement officer-instructed, an officer (or officers) must be made available to teach the lessons. Because being in the classroom and school setting may take the officer away from other duties, it may be necessary to add personnel or use overtime to cover the G.R.E.A.T. instructor’s other responsibilities while he or she is in the classroom. Many communities have minimized staffing problems by utilizing school resource officers to deliver the G.R.E.A.T. lessons in their assigned schools. Depending on their duty assignments, they may be able to work the classes into their existing schedules without the need for additional coverage. When necessary, additional personnel costs may be covered by certain federal grants or through state or local resources.
Optional Non-Classroom Components
The other components of the Program, the G.R.E.A.T. Families and G.R.E.A.T. Summer Components, are likely to entail additional costs for items such as food and transportation. Both the families and summer components are optional, and it is not necessary to offer either of them in order to implement the school-based curricula. Agencies that do utilize them often do so in partnership with other community agencies, such as Boys & Girls Clubs, which helps to share both the responsibilities and the expenses.