OCEAN COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE BUILDS G.R.E.A.T. INSTRUCTOR ARMY
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the graduation of 41 newly certified G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) Program Instructors. The training offered by members of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office took place at the Ocean County Training Center in Waretown. Forty one (41) Law Enforcement Officers came from 19 different states across America and joined New Jersey Officers to attend the week long program.
The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program is an evidence-based, national and international gang and violence prevention program that has been building trust between law enforcement and communities for almost 30 years. G.R.E.A.T. is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. It is designed for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior. The program is built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum designed to not only prevent delinquency, violence and gang membership, but to help students build life skills. To date over 1200 Ocean County students have completed the training.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office brought the program to Ocean County Schools in 2011 and has been continuously working cooperatively with other Ocean County law enforcement agencies to expand the program locally in an effort to reach as many children as possible. Prosecutor Coronato stated, “Today’s graduation marks a tremendous expansion of the program beyond New Jersey. Law Enforcement must reach children at their most impressionable age to really make a positive difference in their lives.”
Beyond New Jersey, the state’s sending representatives were: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, South & North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Tennessee, Nevada, California and Washington.
Those wishing more Information about the G.R.E.A.T. program can go to: www.great-online.org.
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