The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-base, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as a means against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. The G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. This program is being offered at all three middle schools within the city.
The Community Police Unit has three officers certified to deliver a thirteen (13) week curriculum to students during the school year. The G.R.E.A.T. middle school curriculum is designed for middle school entry-level students at 6th or 7th grade which consist of thirteen 45-60 minute lessons designed to be taught in sequential order. The G.R.E.A.T elementary curriculum a (6) week course is also being taught to 3rd grade students at the city's ten elementary schools. The curriculum is a skills-based curriculum designed to produce knowledge and attitudinal and behavioral changes through the use of facilitative teaching, positive behavior rehearsal, cooperative and interactive learning techniques, and extended teacher activities.
The G.R.E.A.T. violence prevention curriculum is a life-skills competency program designed to provide students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence. The curriculum can be used in conjunction with other prevention programs encouraging positive relationships between the community, parents, schools and law enforcement.
During the year approximately 1350 middle and elementary school students graduated from the G.R.E.A.T. program.