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Officers from across country here for G.R.E.A.T. training

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)- The La Crosse Police Department is helping teach other officers from around the country about the G.R.E.A.T. program to help prevent youth from joining gangs.

In conjunction with the G.R.E.A.T. Midwest-Atlantic Training Center, the department is hosting the training from June 23 to July 2. This training is 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 are working with trainers across the country to certify these 26 candidates to enter classrooms and effectively deliver the G.R.E.A.T program.

Tammy Shiflett, a police officer from Virginia, hopes the kids in her classroom learn how to be positive role models in their society and community. "I hope to make them stronger citizens and am able to help them grow by making them feel empowered and making them feel GREAT."

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.

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