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Tuition Changes for GOTs

Repeated reductions in G.R.E.A.T. funding over the last several years have made it increasingly difficult for the G.R.E.A.T. Program to meet the many requests for training that it continues to receive. For many years, G.R.E.A.T. was able to provide training free of charge through a grant from the Department of Justice and could deliver the training wherever there was enough interest to fill a training class. Unfortunately, the current level of funding no longer supports that practice. Current plans call for centrally located trainings in five geographical regions of the U.S., in order to reach as many areas of the country as possible with the very limited budget. G.R.E.A.T. Officer Trainings (GOT) will now charge tuition of $395 per participant, which covers less than half of the total cost of training but will allow stretching the budget dollars to provide more trainings than would otherwise be possible.

G.R.E.A.T. has the capability of providing additional GOTs beyond these regionally centralized ones; however, additional trainings will only be possible if there are alternative sources of funding. G.R.E.A.T. is still a very inexpensive program to operate once instructors have been trained. However, the cost of G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training is higher than many agencies anticipate. The G.R.E.A.T. training model uses a team of trainers, rather than a single trainer. With travel and subsistence costs for the training team, contract fees, and costs for production and shipping of training materials, full costs can run close to or even exceed $1000 per participant, depending on the location and size of the class.

Although it is possible to bring the training directly to agencies that are able to cover the associated costs, few agencies need to train enough officers at once to fill a training class, and many agencies may find the training costs prohibitive to fund a training on their own. For most agencies, the best option for certifying officers as G.R.E.A.T. instructors will be sending them to one of the regional GOTs and paying the tuition of just $395 per participant (plus a credit card surcharge if payment is made by credit card). If scheduling a dedicated training may be a viable option for your agency, please contact the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office for more information.

Funding is NOW available for TWO open GRANTS


In support of the G.R.E.A.T. Middle School Curriculum, this grant is to be used solely to implement and complete the “Making My School a G.R.E.A.T. Place” school service project. These projects will have a significant community impact insofar as they will serve as avenues for the students to demonstrate their skills in positive communication, judgment, behavior, decision making, and concern for others through sharing and taking ownership in their school and community. The project will serve as a bridge connecting G.R.E.A.T. youth, law enforcement, the school, and the community through positive, interactive experiences.



These grant funds can be approved for up to $1,000 per G.R.E.A.T. Families Program/per agency and are designed for G.R.E.A.T. instructors to take a proactive nonenforcement approach in engaging youth and their parents/guardians in building trust and community policing in addition to serving as a vehicle to distract and deter youth from gangs and violence.

Families Program grant requests must reflect how the program will reinforce the lessons taught within the G.R.E.A.T. Families Component curriculum: addressing family obstacles and solutions; improving family relationships; G.R.E.A.T. communication; rules, limits, and discipline; addressing common personal dilemmas; and families in the electronic age.

This is a reimbursable grant for up to $1,000. These funds can be used to pay for training expenses, such as materials, supplies, and transportation, and/or entrance to visits to institutions, such as science or art museums or government/law enforcement offices.

For more information on HOW TO APPLY for either grant, visit the G.R.E.A.T. Foundation, Inc. (GFI) website at http://greatfoundationinc.org/funding-programs/school-service-project/.

WPD Helps Local Youth at Annual G.R.E.A.T. Camp

News Release from Woodburn Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 24th, 2016 10:55 AM
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This week Woodburn Police Officers Craig Halupowski and Bill Nightingale conducted the annual G.R.E.A.T Summer Camp, which saw 20 youth successfully complete the program this year. G.R.E.A.T. stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training and is a national program that relies on evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed curriculum.

"It is the only evidence-based program that actually results in kids making good choices to avoid violence, stay away from gangs and respect authority," said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris, who has sat on the national policy board of G.R.E.A.T. since 2003. "It is a national program, but it works like a local program and allows our officers to positively interact with youth at an early age."

The weeklong course took place this week at Valor Middle School and each child who completed the camp gets to go to Big Al's in Beaverton as a reward.

The Woodburn Police Department would like to thank Woodburn Proud and the Woodburn School District for their partnership with this program.

Campers Mingle With Cops in Miami-Dade

The activities at Deerwood Park in Richmond Heights look like what you would see at any summer recreation program. Kids are playing hoops, playing kickball, and running around having fun. What makes this camp different is the presence of police officers. The cops are playing with the kids on the court and on the field. Mingling with teens and preteens is actually a crime-fighting strategy.

"A lot of times they’re dressed just like them, they talk to them at their level, because many times the kids have a guarded relationship with the officers, they don’t feel comfortable speaking to us and our profession as a whole so this allows the communication to flow much better," said commander Edwin Lopez of the Miami-Dade Schools Police department.

To read the official news story, please click the link below.


A Day at Puyallup GREAT Camp

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians uses the GREAT Program to conduct intervention with gang-involved youth, create a safer school climate, and provide pro-social gang prevention activities to community youth. In addition to the in-class curriculum, the program provides camp opportunities for youth to participate in throughout the year. This video follows youth, teachers, officers, staff and elders through their summer camp experience, where they share stories on how the program has impacted their lives.

Please click on the link to view the video http://www.tribaljustice.org/multimedia/day-puyallup-great-camp.

Keeping Kids Safe From Guns, Bullying, and Online Predators

Keeping youths away from crime involves two paths — teaching kids how to stay safe, and deterring them from committing crimes themselves. Both Miami-Dade and Broward’s public school systems offer a variety of programs to help.

To read the official news story, please click the link below.


Attorney General Visits G.R.E.A.T. Class

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch took time out of her National Community Policing Tour to visit with 6th graders at George Middle School in Portland, OR during their G.R.E.A.T. class.

To read the official news story, please click the links below.



GOT Has Been Transformed

The G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (GOT) has been transformed into a two-part training. The previous GOT consisted of eight days of classroom instruction with a one-hour online computer-based training. The new, streamlined GOT begins with an online training module, estimated at 9 to 10 hours, which replaces 20 hours of classroom instruction and must be completed no later than one week prior to attending the GOT. Applicants will be notified 52 days prior to the start of their training to begin online training and will have 45 days to fully complete the online training requirement. Following completion of the online training, the applicant will attend 5 days (40 hours) of classroom instruction.

G.R.E.A.T. will no longer be able to offer complimentary double-occupancy lodging for any G.R.E.A.T. trainings due to budgetary constraints. However, the G.R.E.A.T. Foundation, Inc., provides supplemental funding grants to officers nationwide to attend various G.R.E.A.T. training classes. These grants assist in paying for officers’ travel expenses.

To access the training travel grant application form, please visit the GFI Web site at http://greatfoundationinc.org and click on Funding and Programs, and then click on the link for Training Travel Grants. Complete the travel grant request form located at the bottom of the page. Applications can be e-mailed to info@greatfoundationinc.org. Please be aware that officers are asked to submit their reimbursement applications to the GFI at least 2 weeks (14 consecutive days) prior to the class registration date deadline.

Choose to Be G.R.E.A.T. Week – October 19–23, 2015

The second annual “Choose to Be G.R.E.A.T.” Week is only a month away; how are you and your agency preparing? With the success of our first annual “Choose to Be G.R.E.A.T.” Day, we have extended it to a week, allowing all of our G.R.E.A.T. students and instructors to participate during their scheduled class time.

The G.R.E.A.T. Pledge can be downloaded from your Instructor/Applicant Resources account.

Name the G.R.E.A.T. Bird Contest

The G.R.E.A.T. Bird needs a name, and who better to help name the G.R.E.A.T. Bird than G.R.E.A.T. students? The Name the G.R.E.A.T. Bird contest began on August 31,and all applications are due to the G.R.E.A.T. Program Office by October 9, 2015. The Name the G.R.E.A.T. Bird contest applications and instructions have been e-mailed to G.R.E.A.T. instructors.

"Choose to Be G.R.E.A.T." Day – October 1, 2014

The first annual "Choose to Be G.R.E.A.T." Day is less than a week away on October 1, 2014; are you prepared? Have you printed out the G.R.E.A.T. Pledge? What about recording or taking pictures of your students signing the pledge? Is your state preparing a proclamation, and if so, have you decided when and where the proclamation will be presented? It is important to have these questions answered in order to be best prepared to make this first annual event a success.


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