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Preventing gang activity before it starts

February 04, 2005

Thomasville- The GREAT program, Gang Resistance Education and Training, teaches middle school students conflict resolution, how to say no to gangs and drugs, and how to deter crime and violence.

Police say it's important to catch the students at a young age. "We target middle school because middle school is where kids are easily influenced. The middle school kids are easily approachable. You know, more approachable than the high school kids. So, we figure this is the age where you can get to the kids, get them to make their own decision on the choices they want to make.", says Thomasville Police Officer Sherrie Gilbert.

The officers who participate in the program had to take a two-week training course before being certified to teach the students.

Posted at 5:39 PM by stephen.ryan@walb.com