Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior.
G.R.E.A.T. has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Families and Schools Together (FAST), and the National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Inc. (PAL). These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the community, parents, schools, and law enforcement.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families that focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. These components include a 6-lesson elementary school curriculum, a 13-lesson middle school curriculum, a summer program, and families training.
There are training centers that provide training to sworn / certified criminal justice professionals to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curricula to elementary and middle school students, and to families throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Recently, Chief Ian A. Moffett, who is a great supporter of training and education, was instrumental in bringing the Southeast Regional Training Center to conduct G.R.E.A.T Officer Training and G.R.E.A.T. Families Training here in Miami. Both courses were hosted at Paul Bell Middle School. The first training involved officers and the second training included the families.
The success of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is founded on the mutual commitment of law enforcement and educational agencies, united in a common goal to:
- Provide children with the skills necessary to combat the stresses that set the stage for gang involvement.
- Provide children with accurate knowledge about gang involvement.
- Provide children with the skills necessary to resolve conflicts peacefully.
- Help children understand the need to set realistic goals.
Officers who participated in the training came from Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Georgia. The person that traveled the farthest came from Alaska. Chief Moffett addressed the group during their commencement exercises and congratulated everyone for their participation. We look forward to having these new G.R.E.A.T. trainees implementing their new skills with our students very soon.