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 neighborhoods. 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.
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 lives.
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.
Since 1994, Portland Police Bureau G.R.E.A.T. Officers have taught over 45,000 students in five school districts. In 2004, G.R.E.A.T. Families was introduced, offered in English and Spanish, with 97 (340 individuals) families now having participated in five school districts