The Warren Co. Sheriff’s Office began implementation of the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education & Training) program in 2005. G.R.E.A.T.’s six lesson, skills based curriculum has been presented locally at the 5th grade level to approximately 900 students. G.R.E.A.T.  lessons are designed to produce knowledge, attitude, and behavioral changes through the use of facilitative teaching, positive behavioral rehearsal, cooperative and interactive learning techniques, and extended teacher activities.

G.R.E.A.T. incorporates many topics into its classroom lessons including: bullying, victims and bystanders, decisions and outcomes, identifying adults who can help, clear messages and communication, anger management, and respecting others. Gang awareness and prevention facilitation discussions are an important component of this 6 lesson program.

The primary goal of the G.R.E.A.T. program is to prevent violence while developing a positive bond between law enforcement and youth during their early developmental years.

 For more information about the G.R.E.A.T. program, please contact the Warren County Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. Office at 1-540-635-0399 or email us at wcdare@warrencosheriff.org. Further information may also be obtained at the G.R.E.A.T. website at www.great-online.org.