U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers has announced that the U.S. Department of Justice is awarding $91,698 to the Pulaski County Fiscal Court to continue the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The G.R.E.A.T. program trains law enforcement officers to provide life skills instruction to school-aged children discouraging gang activity and youth violence.
“Keeping our young people out of gangs and free from violence, crime, and drugs takes a community effort,” said Rogers. “I am pleased to see these federal dollars made available to instruct our schoolchildren on the dangers of gangs.”
The G.R.E.A.T. program will be taught in 12 elementary and middle schools to approximately 2,800 students. The program also offers summer activities and camps.
Rogers supports funding for the Department of Justice through his role as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.