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GREAT Program Aims To Prevent Gang Violence

Posted July 29, 2002 3:18 a.m. EDT

— Deputies and police officers from Durham and Orange counties have kicked off the Gang Resistance Education and Training, or



Over the next two weeks, a national team will train officers to bring the program into Triangle schools.

"The officer in the classroom first is considered a law enforcement person. By the time the 13 weeks is up, the students have a new friend who just happens to be employed as a police officer," said Herb Drake, program spokesman.

The program organized by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms empowers young people with life skills to avoid violent behavior and resist peer pressure. The program aims to help them develop positive attitudes toward police and how to set goals.