RESPONSIVE, ACCOUNTABLE AND PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES".
enforcement provides a wide range of structured community-based
activities and classroom instruction for school-aged children. The
desired results are a sense of competency, usefulness and personal
empowerment needed to avoid involvement in youth violence, gangs and
Sheriff has made it a long-standing goal for this office to help
guide our youth toward productive and successful lifestyles.
with area school administrators, the decision was made to
implement the "GREAT" program, as a training tool, to
help prevent our youth from participating in gang related
County Sheriff's Office is the first Law Enforcement agency in
Orange County, North Carolina, to complete the "GREAT"
training and implement it into the school systems.
There are only 4
law enforcement agencies in North Carolina that have entered and
completed "GREAT" training and the Orange County
Sheriff's Office is proud to be one of them.
Deputies graduate Gang Resistance Training
- On Friday August 9, 2002, nine Orange County
Sheriff’s Deputies graduated from an extensive two week course
on GANG RESISTANCE EDUCATION AND TRAINING (G.R.E.A.T). This
training was initiated by our US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms (BATF) to curb teenage participation in gangs, gang
activity, and subsequently violence commonly associated with
gangs. This past school year we detected some
gang activity and also received reports from some students in the
county. With cooperation of the school administration we decided
we would implement this program into the classrooms in aspiration
of the prevention and deterrence of the opportunity of such
activity on our school campuses and communities.
Program helps youth avoid gang membership, prevent violence and
criminal activity, and develop a positive relationship with law
enforcement. This is accomplished by using a
skills-based approach that addresses three domains of learning:
cognitive, behavioral, and affective. The Great Program produces
positive attitude and positive behavioral change through a unique
combination of skills training, cooperative learning, discussion,
and role-playing. Students are provided with
many opportunities to model and practice relevant life skills.
Once students have rehearsed theses skills, they will be
more likely to use them in real-life situations.
The G.R.E.A.T. Program :http://www.great-online.org/