Is GREAT program the antidote to crime?


Updated: September 29, 2017

The Police Department has adopted a softer side of policing as an alternative to the ‘big stick’ approach. The Gang Resistance Education and Training program (G.R.E.A.T.) equips police officers with the necessary tools needed. There have been a number of GREAT training, the latest one, took place this week and had a total of 39 graduates. Tiffany Poppell, Lead Instructor Designer of the GREAT program spoke to Love News.

Tiffany Poppell, Lead Instructional Designer, GREAT

“We actually had two trainings and one was a three day training and the other one was a two day training. The three day training was the GREAT Officer in Service and the two day training was the GREAT Families trainings and what those are for is it’s for the certified officers who are already GREAT instructors and the three day training gives them advanced skills and helps them with strategies for problems or challenges they might be having in the classroom and allows them to network and make contacts with other people in the GREAT team and to just help them meet the needs that they need to have in the classroom. So it’s to help them become more knowledgeable and to deal with challenges that they might be experiencing. Now the families training that we had just now is for certified GREAT instructors and what that does is that it authorizes them to then teach the other component that we have which is the GREAT families and that one allows them to go into the communities to meet with families and children and parents and guardians and it helps them it’s a six week program that allows them to teach families to become better communicators, resolve conflicts, talks about internet safety and how to avoid bullying and things like that.”

Police officers from Guatemala also participated in the training.

Tiffany Poppell, Lead Instructional Designer, GREAT

“We had for this particular training all week long we had ten Guatemalans here…

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