GREAT

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Building a Safer Community One Child at a Time


Lansing Police Department joins police agencies in 47states who now provide the GREAT program to students in schools ranging from the 4th through the 8th grades. Millions of children have been exposed to GREAT training. GREAT originated as a partnership between the Phoenix Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive in 1991. A 2012 Department of Justice longitudinal study completed by the University of Nebraska found that the GREAT Program is having the desired effect of enabling the nation’s youth to better resist criminality and anti-social lifestyles associated with gang involvement. This nationwide research study involved over three thousand students and their families, crossing all socioeconomic lines including cities and towns of varied sizes. More detailed information on the GREAT program can be found online.