Department of Justice announces $24 million to support Gang Resistance Education & Training Program

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced more than $24 million to support a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum through the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.). The G.R.E.A.T. Program, administered by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, includes funding to support a curriculum that aims to prevent youth violence and gang involvement in elementary and middle schools by developing positive relationships with law enforcement, families and youth. The G.R.E.A.T. Program consists of four components: a 13-week middle school curriculum, a six-week elementary school curriculum, a summer program, and family training. Five regional training centers provide training to sworn law enforcement officers to certify them to teach the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum in elementary and middle schools across the country. Regional training centers are located in Phoenix, Ariz.; Orange County, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia, Penn.; and LaCrosse, Wis. The Gang Reduction Program (GRP) was launched by OJJDP in four communities in 2003 as a pilot to test multi-disciplinary, community-based approaches in response to gangs. GRP=s primary goal is to reduce youth gang crime and violence in communities through an integrated application of proven practices in primary prevention, secondary prevention, gang intervention, gang suppression, and reentry. The GRP sites are targeted communities of limited geographic area, approximately five square miles, which are characterized by significant existing program investment, strong indicators of citizen involvement, and high crime and gang activity. The four sites are located in East Los Angeles, Calif.; Milwaukee, Wis.; North Miami Beach, Fla.; and Richmond, Va.

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