Gang Resistance Education and Training

To help prevent youth crime, violence and gang association while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and our young people, to create safer communities.

Examples of Funded Projects

The City of Sylvester, Georgia Police Department will engage 1,000 students in the classroom and provide them with the G.R.E.A.T.

core curriculum.

The funds will also allow the Sylvester, Georgia Police Department to sponsor a Summer G.R.E.A.T.

program for at-risk youth.

The City of Flagstaff Police Department will operate its 6th annual G.R.E.A.T.

Summer Camp, involving more than 80 youth.


Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Office - The G.R.E.A.T.

Program currently has five regional offices that are each run by a local law enforcement agency.

The offices and contacts are: Southeast Region, Lieutenant Brett Meade, Orange County Sheriff's Office, 2500 W.

Colonial Drive - 2nd Floor., Orlando, Florida 32804.

Telephone: (407) 254-7369; Northeast Region, Sergeant Steve Naughton, Philadelphia Police Department, Community Relations Division, 1328 Race Street - 2nd Floor., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.

Telephone: (215) 686-1477; Midwest Region, Lieutenant Raj Ramnarace, La Crosse Police Department, 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601.

Telephone: (608) 789-8202; Southwest Region, Sergeant Wayne Bensfield, Phoenix Police Department, 620 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.

Telephone: (602) 495-0432; Northwest Region, Sergeant George Weatheroy, Portland Police Bureau, 449 NE Emerson, Portland, Oregon 97211.

Telephone: (503) 823-2111.


Program Accomplishments

As of July 29, 2004, 7,027 officers from 5,485 agencies, representing 50 States, D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada, and military personnel from overseas bases have been trained to present the core curriculum in elementary and middle school classrooms. Almost 3.9 million children have been trained with the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum. For fiscal year 2002, more than 364,000 and in fiscal year 2003 nearly 307,000 children received G.R.E.A.T. certificates for completing the program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Law enforcement agencies can only use the funds provided to administer the G.R.E.A.T.

Program.

This includes providing G.R.E.A.T.

training for law enforcement officers and the purchasing of materials and supplies for the implementation and ongoing operation of the program.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All State, county, tribal and municipal units of general purpose government and law enforcement agencies and other special purpose law enforcement agencies (i.e., independent school districts) in the United States and U.S.

Territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All State, county, tribal and municipal governments, law enforcement agencies and schools in the United States and U.S. Territories.

Credentials/Documentation

Jurisdiction or agency head must enter into the award agreement with the Office of Justice Programs (OJP).

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applications are submitted by the Chief Executive Officer of a jurisdiction, or formal designee or law enforcement agency head, via the Internet-based Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Grants Management System (GMS) at www.ojp.usdoj.gov. On-line submission of an application represents legal binding acceptance of the terms of the application. For further information about the OJP GMS, call the OJP GMS Hotline. Telephone: 1-888-549-9901; or access the BJA home page at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA. For general information about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, contact the U.S. Department of Justice. Telephone: 1-866-859-2687 or by email at AskGreat@usdoj.gov.

Award Procedures

Awards are issued by the Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs via the Internet-based Grants Management System (GMS). Grantees will be notified of the availability of the award via e-mail. The award must be accepted by the jurisdiction or agency head, with assurance of compliance with standard and special conditions of the grant award. To accept the award, grantees must print the award document from the GMS. The award must be accepted (signed) by applicant jurisdiction or agency head or his/her official designee and faxed to the Office of the Comptroller Control Desk.

Deadlines

Applications must be received on or before each fiscal year's posted deadline. Application period dates are always posted on the Bureau of Justice Assistance web page at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA.

Authorization

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2004, Public Law 108-109.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Grant awards and denials are generally made within 90 days of application submission.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

All applicants must apply annually for funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of a grant-funded project may not exceed 90 percent of the total costs of the project. The 10 percent matching funds must be in the form of a cash match.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant awards are issued for 12 or 18 months. Grantees may request extensions, not to exceed 12 additional months.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Applicants are required to submit a quarterly Financial Status report and semi-annual Categorical Assistance Progress Report.

Audits

Program/project reviews will be conducted by Department of Justice personnel, as needed, to ensure correct usage of funds and compliance with program requirements. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Department's responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), P.L. 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.

Records

Agencies are required to maintain a system of standardized records for inspection or disclosure.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0405-0-1-754.

Obigations

FY 07 $24,680,700; FY 08 $18,800,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Level I: Up to $125,000. Agencies implementing the G.R.E.A.T. middle school component or the G.R.E.A.T. middle school component and up to two other components. Level II: Up to $150,000. Agencies implementing the G.R.E.A.T. middle school component and the three other components or are collaborative efforts between at least three contiguous governmental subdivisions and/or municipal and county agencies (e.g., multiple precincts, county and city governments, school police departments and police/sheriff departments, or police departments and prosecutors or parole offices).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Funding guidelines and criteria are published annually in the National Federal Register. Information on the program can be obtained by contacting the G.R.E.A.T. Program Headquarters office. A cross-sectional evaluation of the program can be found in the National Institute of Justice Research in Brief, November 1997 issue, "National Evaluation of G.R.E.A.T." by Finn-Aage Esbensen and D. Wayne Osgood.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

The G.R.E.A.T. Program currently has five regional offices that are each run by a local law enforcement agency. The offices and contacts are: Southeast Region, Lieutenant Brett Meade, Orange County Sheriff's Office, 2500 W. Colonial Drive - 2nd Floor., Orlando, Florida 32804. Telephone: (407) 254-7369; Northeast Region, Sergeant Steve Naughton, Philadelphia Police Department, Community Relations Division, 1328 Race Street - 2nd Floor., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. Telephone: (215) 686-1477; Midwest Region, Lieutenant Raj Ramnarace, La Crosse Police Department, 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601. Telephone: (608) 789-8202; Southwest Region, Sergeant Wayne Bensfield, Phoenix Police Department, 620 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003. Telephone: (602) 495-0432; Northwest Region, Sergeant George Weatheroy, Portland Police Bureau, 449 NE Emerson, Portland, Oregon 97211. Telephone: (503) 823-2111.

Headquarters Office

Contact Linda Hammond-Deckard, Bureau of Justice Assistance - Policy Office; 810 Seventh Street, NW; 4th Floor; Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202)616-6500 or 1-866-859-2687 or by email at AskGreat@usdoj.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria in order to determine funding, including: the number of children to which the applicant teaches the G.R.E.A.T. Program, other programs applicants have in place that could reinforce the program goals and the applicant's participation in the national administration of the program are all taken into consideration. Additional considerations include community population size, scope of gang-related issues in the community, and applicant's past performance. During each funding period, due consideration will be given to funding new applicants whose applications meet the program criteria.



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