G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training in La Crosse

GREAT LogoThe La Crosse Police Department, in conjunction with the G.R.E.A.T. Midwest-Atlantic Training Center, will be hosting G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training from June 23 – July 2, 2014.  This training will be one of the largest ever held in La Crosse with 26 officers attending from 13 states including Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Nebraska, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and others.  Local members of the training staff include Sergeant Thomas Walsh and Officer Kurt Weaver.  They will be working with trainers from across the country to certify these twenty-six candidates to enter classrooms and effectively deliver the G.R.E.A.T. program.

Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula.  The Program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership for children in the years immediately before the prime ages for introduction into gangs and delinquent behavior.

The La Crosse Police Department has long been considered a leader in prevention programming and is proud to host this national training.  There is a significant economic impact to the downtown economy, as these officers are in town for training for ten days.  We are always happy to showcase not only our city, but also the greater La Crosse area for its beauty and diversity.


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