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G.R.E.A.T.

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Research has shown that 12 and 13 year-olds are most at-risk to commit their first criminal activity. Therefore, the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum is aimed at elementary and middle school students. The course consists of nine-week, anti-gang program that is taught by uniformed police officers. It exposes students to a broad range of topics, including conflict resolution, building social skills, and setting lifetime goals. Most importantly the G.R.E.A.T. program gives students opportunity to find out for themselves about the perils of gang activity.

Reducing youth violence and gang activity is a challenge and complex problem. There is no silver bullet in the fight against gangs. Neither schools nor law enforcement alone can break the cycle of gang violence that currently plagues many urban, suburban and rural communities across the nation. Ultimately, families, communities, public and private organizations and government must work together to stop gang violence and protect our youth.

  
D.A.R.E. to be G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp
Updated May, 2012
We continue to support G.R.E.A.T. instruction in Tigard Schools, however due to current budget constraints, we are no longer able to offer our D.A.R.E. to be G.R.E.A.T. Summer Camp program. The Tigard Police Department will continue working to identify possible future funding opportunities which may allow the summer camp program to return in the future.

For more information about the G.R.E.A.T. program contact Lt. Mike Eskew at 503-718-2558.

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