LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — On Friday, 10 Lansing police officers will earn their certificates to train school children in the GREAT program, which stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training.
The program is a national Department of Justice initiative where police officers come into the classroom and teach students about the challenges they may face and how to resist those things that could derail them.
LPD will also be joined by other agents from across the country to receive their certification as well.
The Lansing Police Department is partnering with the downtown Radisson Hotel and Meijer to host this graduation ceremony at the Radisson Hotel. Graduation will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Officers who graduate on Friday will be able to teach the GREAT curriculum to students in grades 4 through 7.
The main goal of LPD is to teach children how to stay away from crime, violence and gangs, as well as to help them stay safe.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will be the guest speaker for Friday’s graduation.
The GREAT program is also a way for law enforcement officers to build positive relationships within the community.
“There are so many different stories that young people were preparing to make a bad decision and thanks to the GREAT program, they remembered to look back and said not to do this,” said David Burke, sergeant at the Lansing Police Department.