What is G.R.E.A.T? (Gang Resistance Education and Training)
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement, officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. It is a Life Skills based 13 week program that is geared to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. It's violence prevention curriculum helps students develop beliefs and practice behaviors that will help them avoid destructive behaviors.
G.R.E.A.T. has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues. These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the community, parents, schools, and law enforcement officers.
G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a wide range of components for students and their families.
G.R.E.A.T. originated through a combined effort of ATF the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Phoenix Police Department in 1992. G.R.E.A.T. underwent a comprehensive five year long-term study to measure the impact of the program.
Due to its success, the program was expanded nationwide. The results of the evaluation demonstrated that students who participated in the program had:
- Lower rates of victimization
- More negative views about gangs
- More favorable attitudes towards the police
- More peers involved in pro-social activities
- Lower levels of involvement in risk seeking behaviors
The G.R.E.A.T. Curriculum deals with:
- The Relationship between Gangs, Violence, Drugs and Crime
- Facts and Fiction about Gangs and Violence
- Community - Positive Roles and Responsibilities that Students have in their communities.
- Goal Setting
- Decision Making
- Effective Communication
- Influences and Peer Pressure
- Recognizing Anger in Others
- Conflict Resolution
- Program Review - "Making my School G.R.E.A.T." Project
S.R.O Officer Ricardo Holguin is one of our G.R.E.A.T. instructor's for the Socorro Independent School District Police Services Department.
If you would like more information about the G.R.E.A.T. program please contact the following:
Socorro I.S.D. Police Services Department
(915) 937.4357 – Police Dispatch
(915) 937.0780 – Police Administration