GREATINFO is an e-mail list service where ideas and concerns can be shared, questions asked, and topics and/or research discussed that are relevant to the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

What can people post on GREATINFO?

Some examples of discussion topics include effective classroom strategies, helpful teaching methods for the four G.R.E.A.T. components, and ideas that promote the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

The G.R.E.A.T. Program Office (GPO) sometimes posts curriculum updates, training information, important events, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) news relevant to G.R.E.A.T. instructors.

To send a message to all current list service subscribers, send an e-mail to

Who can join GREATINFO?

GREATINFO membership is open to G.R.E.A.T. instructors and administrators, researchers, teachers, school administrators and educators, school resource officers, and other criminal justice and education professionals.


Because GREATINFO uses an unsecured means of transferring mail on the Internet, it is NOT the proper venue for posting information about specific gang members or police intelligence.


All active G.R.E.A.T. instructors are automatically eligible for enrollment into GREATINFO upon completion of their G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training.

All others interested in joining GREATINFO should complete the online GREATINFO application form.

If members have questions or experience technical problems with GREATINFO, please contact the GPO by calling (800) 726-7070 or by e-mailing

List Service Rules, Netiquette, and Guidelines


The G.R.E.A.T. Program has adopted the following rules and policies to encourage congenial interaction on and uninterrupted operation of the list service, which should be reviewed prior to joining GREATINFO.

  1. Do not send attachments. Since attachments are capable of harboring computer viruses and worms, do not post them. If a member sends a message to GREATINFO with an attachment, it will NOT be posted. To share information that is stored in a file or on the Internet, members may:
    • Send it to individual members of the list by private e-mail, if those individuals do not object to receiving attachments.
    • Provide the URL of, or link to, the Web site on which the information is posted.
  2. Avoid sending or forwarding e-mails that reflect individual viewpoints. Partisan political announcements or forwarded e-mail alerts and notices are counterproductive to creating a cooperative atmosphere among professionals holding various viewpoints and will not be posted.

    Needless to say, online petitions and chain letters will be deleted.

    Please direct any questions about list topics to the GREATINFO moderator.

  3. Respect the copyright. According to Copyright Registration for Online Works, the copyright protects original authorship fixed in tangible form. For works transmitted online, the copyrightable authorship may consist of text, artwork, music, audiovisual material (including any sounds), sound recordings, etc.

    Under U.S. law, copyright protection subsists from the time the work is fixed. Copyright registration is not mandatory. (U.S. Copyright Office, 1999, p. 1.) Therefore, any article, story, editorial, essay, review, etc., sent to GREATINFO that is not the original work of the sender must identify the original author and the original author’s permission to publish.

    The author of a message holds a copyright on it, as with all works of original authorship, under U.S. and international law. The recipient of a message from GREATINFO may not distribute it off the list without obtaining explicit permission from the sender. For further information about U.S. copyright law, the G.R.E.A.T. Program recommends the following document from the U.S. Copyright Office:

    • Copyright Basics (Adobe PDF)
  4. State concisely and clearly the specific topic of the comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to postings and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject. Remember that groups of people are being addressed. Think about the best and most succinct way to present a message. Be considerate of other people’s time.
  5. Members should identify themselves at the end of every message that they send to the list. The GREATINFO list service membership represents an unusually diverse number of occupational backgrounds, philosophical approaches, and regional locations. It can be difficult to remember personal information about individual members, even if they post regularly. To help ensure the uninterrupted flow and accuracy of responses to messages, members should “sign” each message with their first and last names, agency or organization affiliation, and contact information (e-mail address and/or phone number). Messages without this information will NOT be posted, and members will be asked to resubmit the messages.
  6. Do not flame—ever.
    • Please review the GREATINFO Terms and Conditions of Use Policy.
    • Discuss, debate, debunk, deliberate, dissemble, and dissect ideas, but not people. Personal attacks distract and stunt communication among all list members. The fastest way to de-escalate a personal dispute is to move it away from the list “audience” onto private e-mail.
    • Use humor generously, but sarcasm sparingly. It does not always translate as funny among a large group of people who may have never met.
    • Never assume mal-intent regarding a previous posting. Do ask questions to clarify meaning and then state personal opinions, if they are different. Qualify opinions with research or information from personal experiences. Feel free to correct any erroneous factual information, but do so without rancor.
    • Do not make unsupported generalizations about groups of people.
    • Share freely any knowledge gained from personal experiences, especially when it demonstrates universal findings. However, remain open to the possibility that some experiences may be unique.
  7. Respect for the GREATINFO moderator is a requirement for maintaining a subscription to GREATINFO. Protracted on-list or off-list arguments regarding the GREATINFO moderator’s decisions may result in a member being removed from the list.
  8. Other message guidelines:
    • Most people like to write about their interest and expertise areas, but not every message to the list service will be about those subjects. Begin a new thread when discussing a new subject, and label each message in that thread with the same subject line. Do not begin a new subject by “piggybacking” a new message onto an unrelated posting. Most list members find this confusing, and some will take offense at the abrupt change, particularly if one of their postings is used.
    • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in the reply, delete any header information, and put the response before the original posting.
    • Send a message to the entire list only when it contains information that everyone can benefit from. Send messages such as, “I’ll see you at the conference,” “thanks for the information,” or “me, too, I agree” to individuals—not to the entire list. Do this by using the e-mail application’s forwarding option and typing in or cutting and pasting the e-mail address of the individual(s) to whom the response is to be sent.
    • Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” through the mailing list. Instead, contact the GREATINFO moderator with a request or refer to the GREATINFO membership confirmation e-mail to change personal settings (e.g., temporarily stopping delivery, subscribing to a digest version of GREATINFO) or to be removed from the list. Please advise the GREATINFO moderator to change an e-mail address.
    • Do not type messages using the CAPS LOCK key. Capitalization of whole words that are not titles is considered SHOUTING! Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading.

Terms of Use


This site is a forum provided by the G.R.E.A.T. Program to promote the exchange of ideas, opinions, and interests.

However, the G.R.E.A.T. Program reserves the right to remove or refuse to post any materials it becomes aware of that, in its sole discretion, could subject the G.R.E.A.T. Program to liability, violate this policy, or be considered potentially illegal or otherwise inappropriate.

Members agree not to post anywhere on or through this site any message containing or otherwise using obscene or offensive language; any material that is commercial, defamatory, pornographic, discriminatory, hateful, inappropriate, uncivil, or harmful; or anything which may be construed to be unauthorized advertising, harassment, invasion of anyone’s privacy, or an encouragement of conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any local, state, national, or international law or regulation. Members agree to use the list service only for lawful purposes that do not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret, or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party, except with the permission of the owner of such rights. Members are prohibited from utilizing this list service in connection with the sending of unsolicited electronic mail or other messages, whether commercial or not, in a manner exceeding reasonable personal use. This prohibition extends to the sending of unsolicited mass mailings from another service that in any way implicates the use of this list service.