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Maryland Attorney General Stresses Importance of Gang Awareness at Police and Correctional Training Commissions

Making Maryland schools safer sometimes takes special effort on the part of veteran law enforcers. And part of that effort these days involves teaching students about the dangers of gang involvement

January 18, 2012 - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler stopped by the Police and Correctional Training Commissions today to stress the importance of a new statewide anti-gang initiative known as GREAT.

GREAT stands for Gang Resistance Education and Training, and is part of the Safe Schools Act, which calls for extensive gang programs in every Maryland school.

The Attorney General spoke today to police and correctional officers who are learning the curriculum so that they can take it into the schools—including schools operating with Maryland DPSCS correctional facilities.

Like DARE does for drug abuse education, GREAT aims to teach young people to make better choices that steer them away from the catastrophic mistakes that lead so many to jail and prison.

The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, headquartered at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, provides entry level and advanced training and certification for virtually every police officer, correctional officer, and parole and probation agent in the state.