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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

G.R.E.A.T. Program

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Gang Resistance Education And Training


Gang Resistance Education And Training or G.R.E.A.T., is a school based, law enforcement taught classroom curriculum.  The program’s primary objective is prevention and teaches life skills that help immunize students against youth violence, delinquency and gang involvement.  The program also works as an effective bridge between police and the community’s youth, allowing relationships to be forged that extend outward from the school into your cities or towns neighborhoods.

GREAT Officer Mike Paresa

Trained, uniformed police officers present the G.R.E.A.T. Program in a classroom setting.  They deliver the 13 week curriculum to middle school students, facilitating a wide range of activities, that result in the necessary life skills, a sense of competency, usefulness, and personal empowerment needed to avoid involvement in youth violence and criminal activity.

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The program is designed to help middle school students become responsible members of their communities, by setting goals for themselves, resisting pressures, learning how to resolve conflicts and understanding how gangs impact the quality of their life. G.R.E.A.T. culminates with a certificate of graduation, a new philosophical outlook towards police, and the tools needed to resist gang pressure.


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Gang Resistance Education And Training Western Region Training

The Portland Police Bureau was chosen as headquarters for the G.R.E.A.T. Program's West Region, which is one of four regional training sites in the U.S. Our region covers eleven states; Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska and Hawaii . The West Region training Center offers training several times a year to law enforcement officers that want to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in the schools. These specially trained officers provide elementary and middle school students with the information and skills necessary to resist gangs, to resolve conflict without the use of violence, and to set positive goals for themselves.

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We would love the opportunity to tell you more about the G.R.E.A.T. Program and how you as police officers can be involved, on-duty, and still work in your current assignment. The biggest benefit is the satisfaction of youth crime prevention and increased positive attitudes of youth toward police.


West Region G.R.E.A.T. training opportunities:

For the most up to date training schedule please visit the National G.R.E.A.T. web page at, It should be noted that the National Training Team will come to your area if the demand warrants it. (16 or more Officers to be trained)

If you are interested in being trained as a G.R.E.A.T. Officer, please contact the West Region Training Center at:


For additional information about the G.R.E.A.T. program, please visit:


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