The Gang Resistance and Training (GREAT) Program began in 1992 through a joint effort between The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and The Phoenix Police Department. Over the past 18 years GREAT has been taught in all 50 states as well as The District of Columbia, The US Virgin Islands, and US territories Guam, and Puerto Rico. Since its start, more than 4 million students have graduated from the GREAT program and over 8000 officers have been certified as GREAT instructors. The South San Francisco Police Department implemented the program in 2005.
GREAT was designed to help prevent elementary and middle school students from getting involved in gangs, and to mold them into becoming responsible members of their community. Some of the main goals of the GREAT program are to deter youth from delinquent behavior and violence. GREAT also teaches students how to set goals for themselves, learn how to resolve conflict, shows them how to resist peer and gang pressure and explains how gang activity impacts the quality of their lives. Each student who completes the GREAT program is presented with a certificate of graduation.
The GREAT program:
Provides gang resistance and training
Provides students with information on laws, drugs and gangs
Increases personal skills
Improves students' self-esteem
Involves parents in the program
The School Liaison and C.O.P.P.S. officers teach the curriculum in South San Francisco's elementary and middle schools during the Fall and Spring. GREAT is a federally funded program