Contact Information

G.R.E.A.T. Program Coordinator 314-444-5968


G.R.E.A.T. is a federal program sponsored by the Department of Justice. In 2006, the Department, in cooperation with Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), received a Federal Grant to begin the program in the St. Louis area. The grants have been renewed each year in order to continue the program. Since its inception the program has served more than 2000 students.

The program’s primary objective is prevention from youth violence and gang membership. It also strives to foster a positive relationship between law enforcement officers and the children in the program. St. Louis Police Officers facilitate the program through weekly classroom visits and instruct on topics such as decision making, communication and anger management.

G.R.E.A.T. currently serves elementary and middle school students at 23 St. Louis schools, both public and charter. During summer months, G.R.E.A.T. operates at both the Grand and Adams Park locations of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. There is also a family strengthening program available for the community. Currently, nine police officers from the Department serve as G.R.E.A.T. officers.

For more information about G.R.E.A.T. please contact the program coordinator at 314-444-5968.

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G.R.E.A.T. - Gang Resistance Education and Training

G.R.E.A.T is a school-based law enforcement program designed to empower students with the skills they need to avoid gang pressure and youth violence.