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Summary Statement:  G.R.E.A.T. is a gang resistance program for 8thgraders at New Bridge Middle School.   The G.R.E.A.T. program is taught during social studies classes by a Jacksonville Police Officer.



Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches students in 8th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive lives.  Officer Wagner works cooperatively to establish a schedule with the 8th grade social studies teachers. 


Program Vision and Mission

  • Building Safer Communities One Child at a Time
  • Prevent Youth Crime, Violence, and Gang Involvement


The G.R.E.A.T. Program as an Organization

The goal of the G.R.E.A.T. Program is to help youth develop positive life skills that will help them avoid gang involvement and violent behavior. G.R.E.A.T. uses a communitywide approach to combat the risk factors associated with youth involvement in gang-related behaviors. The curricula were developed through the collaborative efforts of experienced law enforcement officers and specialists in criminology, sociology, psychology, education, health, and curriculum design and are designed to reinforce each other. The three (3) different curricula are intended for different audiences and are most effective when youth are exposed to more than one of the curricula. The lessons included in each curriculum are interactive and designed to allow students to practice positive behaviors that will remain with them during the remainder of their development years.


Since the G.R.E.A.T. Program went nationwide in 1992, many law enforcement agencies and schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Canada, Central America, England, and military bases in Japan and Germany have implemented the program. Currently, the G.R.E.A.T. Program is delivered in over 500 communities across the United States. In order to maintain the integrity of the G.R.E.A.T. Program, it is necessary to have a strong organizational structure to regulate decisions and program or curricula changes.


G.R.E.A.T. Organizational Chart

The structure of the G.R.E.A.T. Program oversight organization is depicted in this one-page interactive Organizational Chart. It shows the relationship between the federal and regional partners and the local communities. Click the button below to view a PDF version of the Organizational Chart.

G.R.E.A.T. Organization Chart

G.R.E.A.T. Governing Policies

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is governed by a Strategic Plan, Policy Manual, Training Procedures, and Quality Review Committee Guidelines. Each of these documents is made available below:


Strategic Plan

The G.R.E.A.T. Strategic Plan, last revised in June 2010, is a statement of the short- and long-term goals of the G.R.E.A.T. national program through 2015. It contains several overall goals and the specific objectives that must be accomplished in order for the national program to measure its success. The following button will provide the full text of this document in PDF.

G.R.E.A.T. Strategic Planning


Policy Manual and Training Procedures

The G.R.E.A.T. Policy Manual and G.R.E.A.T. Training Procedures provide policy guidance and help to ensure the consistency of the program. These documents were created and are periodically updated by the National Policy Board and National Training Committee, respectively. The following buttons will provide the full text of these documents in PDF.

G.R.E.A.T. Policy Manual G.R.E.A.T. Training Procedures

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