How is the G.R.E.A.T. Program funded, and how much does it cost for my agency?
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is funded in the U.S. through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Grant funds help offset the cost of training and of essential Program materials. Grant funds do not cover the full cost of training; therefore, it is necessary to charge tuition fees of $495 per participant to attend the G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (GOT).
Depending on your location relative to the training, there may also be some basic travel and subsistence expenses. Instructor materials for conducting courses are included in the cost of the training; requisite student handbooks are provided free of charge to certified instructors, although shipping costs to send them to your location must be covered by the recipient agency. See the "Program Costs" section of this website for information related to other possible costs.
For the G.R.E.A.T. Program in Central America, funding is provided through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the national government of each participating country.
What types of training does G.R.E.A.T. provide?
G.R.E.A.T. offers three types of trainings: the G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (GOT), the G.R.E.A.T. Families Training (GFT) and, after you have been certified as a G.R.E.A.T. instructor for a year, the G.R.E.A.T. Officer In- Service Training (GOI). To learn more about these trainings and the prerequisites to attend, visit the Training section.
How do I get more information about G.R.E.A.T. training for law enforcement officers?
Please visit the Training section for basic information. If you have further questions, please contact the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office at (800) 726-7070.
Is lodging provided at the GOT, GOI, or GFT trainings?
For all trainings in the U.S., lodging and travel expenses, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant’s agency.
When is the next training in my region?
Please visit our Training Schedule page.
How do I apply for a G.R.E.A.T. training?
U.S. officers interested in becoming certified G.R.E.A.T. instructors must submit a completed G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training Application. G.R.E.A.T. trainings are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. In Central America, officers must pass a vetting process conducted through the U.S. Embassy before being accepted into training. For more information on how to be included, inquire through the supervisory structure within your agency.
I am past the deadline for submitting an application to attend a G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training. Can I still submit an application for the class?
In some cases it may still be possible, if space remains. Please contact the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office at (800) 726-7070 to inquire about the possibility of late registration.
What is the Law Enforcement and Educational Agency Agreement?
The Law Enforcement and Educational Agency (LE/Ed) Agreement establishes the mutual commitment between a school or after-school program and a law enforcement agency to provide youth with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to resist the pressures of gangs and their influence. For further information, please visit the Establishing a G.R.E.A.T. Program page.
How do I know if my agency has a Law Enforcement and Educational Agency Agreement on file with the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office?
When a new applicant applies to attend a training, a valid Law Enforcement and Educational Agency Agreement must be in place for the agency. If the agreement has expired, the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office will request that a new agreement be signed for the upcoming year. The agreement will expire one year from the date of the signature.
If you are unsure, please check with the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office by calling (800) 726-7070 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Can I attend a GOT without having a Law Enforcement and Educational Agency Agreement with a school in my community?
No, you cannot attend a GOT without the Law Enforcement and Educational Agency Agreement. The success of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is founded on the mutual commitment of law enforcement and educational agencies to unite in a common goal. Therefore, in order to attend a G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training, a commitment between the law enforcement agency and an educational agency is required. For more information on these commitments or to download the form, please visit the Establishing a G.R.E.A.T. Program page.
Why do I need an Instructor/Applicant Resources account?
The online account allows the instructor to access the classroom materials, view updated curriculum and slideshows, and update contact information.
I am having trouble logging in to my Instructor/Applicant Resources account.
You may request assistance by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 726-7070.
How can I order free handbooks as a G.R.E.A.T. instructor?
G.R.E.A.T. student handbooks are offered free of charge plus the cost of shipping to all active G.R.E.A.T. instructors. The shipping cost applies only to U.S. handbook orders. Please log in to your Instructor/Applicant Resources account using your e-mail address and the password you provided. Click on “Instructor Resources.” Under “Classroom Materials,” you will find an online link to order handbooks or the downloadable PDF form that you can complete and return.
How can I order free G.R.E.A.T. Families handbooks as a G.R.E.A.T. instructor?
G.R.E.A.T. Families workbooks are only offered free of charge plus the cost of shipping to active G.R.E.A.T. Families Facilitators. The shipping cost applies only to U.S. handbook orders. If you have attended a G.R.E.A.T. Families Training (GFT) and have become an active G.R.E.A.T. Families Facilitator, please log in to your Instructor/Applicant Resources account using your e-mail address and the password you provided. Click on “Instructor Resources.” Under “Classroom Materials,” you will find the downloadable PDF form that you can complete and return. If you are not yet an active G.R.E.A.T. Families Facilitator and would like to become one, click here to learn more and to find a GFT near you.
There are 13 lessons in the middle school curriculum. Does that mean I have to teach it for a full 13 weeks?
No. Although the curriculum is designed to be taught once a week for 13 weeks, it can be taught more frequently, if necessary. Research shows that teaching only once a week allows for better absorption of the materials and skills taught before moving on to the next lesson. If taught less often than weekly (twice or once a month), the continuity and progressive learning may be disrupted. The lessons must be presented in sequence with no less than one day and no more than two weeks between lessons.
Where can I obtain student graduation certificates?
Student graduation certificates are automatically included with your handbook order. It is no longer necessary to place a separate certificate order.
Where can I order graduation certificates for the G.R.E.A.T. Families Component?
G.R.E.A.T. Families graduation certificates are automatically included with your G.R.E.A.T. Families workbook order.
How does my agency obtain permission to use the G.R.E.A.T. name and/or logo?
The G.R.E.A.T. name and logo are legally protected trademarks. Approval for use can be obtained only by requesting permission in writing from the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office. Please visit the G.R.E.A.T. Logo page for a request form.
How do I obtain a copy of the G.R.E.A.T. Training Procedures?
The PDF version of the Training Procedures may be viewed, downloaded, and printed through this link.
How do I obtain a copy of the G.R.E.A.T. Policy Manual?
The PDF version of the Policy Manual may be viewed, downloaded, and printed through this link.
Which Regional Training Center does my agency belong to, and how do I contact someone in that region?
The G.R.E.A.T. Program no longer maintains Regional Training Centers. Although trainings are still scheduled on a regional basis in the U.S. to ensure that they are offered to a wide range of areas across the country, all contacts now go through the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office (contact information here).