G.R.E.A.T., which stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training, is a nationwide federal program that began in 1992 dealing with the issues of bullying and juvenile delinquency. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office currently has 9 deputies that are certified instructors for the program. G.R.E.A.T. will be taught on 15 separate campuses reaching out to approximately 1700 students during the 2014-2015 school year.
The G.R.E.A.T. program is divided into 2 parts - a 6 week course that is designed for 4th or 5th graders and a separate 13 week course which is designed for middle school students. The officer instructed program includes classroom instruction and various learning activities that encourage positive relationships and provides tools that help in effective communication, anger management and decision making skills.