Gang Resistance Education & Training (G.R.E.A.T.)

GREAT Approved WebsiteThe Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program was developed in 1991, through a combined effort of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and the Phoenix Police Department. The Program was well received, and in 1993, the program expanded nationwide.

Program Administration

In December 1993, the Philadelphia Police Department sent 11 Police Officers, 1 Sergeant, and 1 Lieutenant to be trained in the G.R.E.A.T. Program, and started in the Philadelphia Schools in January 1994. In January 1998, additional law enforcement agencies were invited to participate in the G.R.E.A.T. Program management by serving on the National Training Committee, and the National Policy Board. The following organizations joined the Phoenix Police Department, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and the ATF, in managing the G.R.E.A.T. Program:

  • La Crosse Police Department, WI
  • Orange County Sheriff's Office, FL
  • Portland Police Bureau, OR
  • Philadelphia Police Department, PA

In 2004, Congress directed that overall G.R.E.A.T. Program administration be transferred to the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Program Objectives

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a broad based prevention program, taught by specially trained Law Enforcement Officers. The G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behaviors, violence, and gang membership. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families.The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a skills based curriculum designed to produce knowledge, attitudinal, and behavioral changes through the use of facilitative teaching, positive behavior rehearsal, cooperative and interactive learning techniques, and extended teacher activities. 

The curriculum has integrated National Learning Standards for English Language Arts, and National Health Standards, and is based on effective research practices. G.R.E.A.T. is a 13 week curriculum, taught by specially trained uniformed Police Officers focusing on the 6th grade. The Program goal is to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement, while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and our young people to create a safer community.