G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance & Education Training)

greatGang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is a gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula. The program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior.


G.R.E.A.T. has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues. These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the community, parents, schools, and law enforcement officers.

Lessons & Skills

G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a continuum of components for students and their families.

Curriculum in Schools

The Frederick Police Department has instructed the G.R.E.A.T. Program in all the City middle schools and is currently presenting the curriculum to elementary school students. To date, over 3,000 Frederick County Public School students have received G.R.E.A.T. instruction.