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Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project Grants

Middle School G.R.E.A.T. Officers: APPLY TODAY for financial assistance for your G.R.E.A.T. students’ Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project.

In support of the G.R.E.A.T. Middle School curriculum, these grants are to be used solely to implement and complete the Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project. These projects will have a significant community impact in so far as they will serve as avenues for the kids to demonstrate using skills in positive communication, judgment, behavior, decision making, and concern for others through sharing and taking ownership in their community. The project will serve as a bridge connecting G.R.E.A.T. youth, law enforcement, teachers, and the community through positive, interactive experiences. For more information on HOW TO APPLY for a Make My School A G.R.E.A.T. Place/School Service Project grant, visit the G.R.E.A.T. Foundation, Inc (GFI) website at

WPD Helps Local Youth at Annual G.R.E.A.T. Camp

News Release from Woodburn Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 24th, 2016 10:55 AM
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This week Woodburn Police Officers Craig Halupowski and Bill Nightingale conducted the annual G.R.E.A.T Summer Camp, which saw 20 youth successfully complete the program this year. G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training and is a national program that relies on evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed curriculum.

"It is the only evidence-based program that actually results in kids making good choices to avoid violence, stay away from gangs and respect authority," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, who has sat on the national policy board of G.R.E.A.T. since 2003. "It is a national program, but it works like a local program and allows our officers to positively interact with youth at an early age."

The weeklong course took place this week at Valor Middle School and each child who completed the camp gets to go to Big Al's in Beaverton as a reward.

The Woodburn Police Department would like to thank Woodburn Proud and the Woodburn School District for their partnership with this program.

Keeping Kids Safe From Guns, Bullying, and Online Predators

Keeping youths away from crime involves two paths — teaching kids how to stay safe, and deterring them from committing crimes themselves. Both Miami-Dade and Broward’s public school systems offer a variety of programs to help.

To read the official news story, please click the link below.

Attorney General Visits G.R.E.A.T. Class

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took time out of her National Community Policing Tour to visit with 6th graders at George Middle School in Portland, OR during their G.R.E.A.T. class.

To read the official news story, please click the links below.

950 G.R.E.A.T. Students Graduate in Honduras

At the conclusion of the G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (GOT) held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in April 2015, Honduran school students and newly certified G.R.E.A.T. instructors participated in a grand graduation ceremony.

The graduation was held at the Cobra Squadron, Special Operations Center, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Chief Jose Mejia and several high-ranking officers from the Honduras National Police; Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) representatives Erin Lane, Eduardo Barahona, and Alejandra Flores from the U.S. Embassy; and the G.R.E.A.T. Training Team were in attendance during the ceremony.

Hondurans bussed in nearly 950 G.R.E.A.T. students from several different schools who had completed the elementary and/or middle school curriculum. Select students from each school were recognized individually and given certificates for their schools/grades. The ceremony also honored the 48 newly certified G.R.E.A.T. instructors who had just completed the GOT.

The ceremony consisted of a performance by the color guard, followed by the Honduran national anthem and the United States national anthem. Several officials gave remarks, followed by the presentation of certificates, first to the students and then to the new G.R.E.A.T. instructors. The students performed for the attendees by singing and dancing. At the end of the ceremony, the INL and the U.S. Embassy presented the Honduras National Police G.R.E.A.T. Program with several new vans wrapped in the G.R.E.A.T. handbook cover artwork. These vans will enable Honduran G.R.E.A.T. instructors to reach and serve many more schools and children, including those in remote areas who have previously been unserved.