Gang Awareness Programs

CPD Sponsored Programs Available to the Community

One of the more significant components in Community Policing, and one which is vital to our alternative policing strategy, is crime prevention education.

The Preventative Programs Section of the Chicago Police Department offers valuable programs, lectures, displays, seminars, crime prevention and safety tips to all citizens and community groups free of charge.

The Chicago Police Department is committed to the safety and security of the public. Everyone is urged to avail themselves to these valuable programs. The use of crime prevention methods and safety techniques creates a spirit of cooperation between the public and the police which inevitably will lead to a safer environment for all.

Listed below are some of the Gang Awareness programs presented by the Preventive Programs Section. If you would like to schedule a speaker for one of the following topics, contact the Preventive Programs Section at (312) 745-5838 (TTY: (312) 745-6885). Click HERE to view all of our programs.

Gang Awareness – This Program informs parents, teachers, community organizations and other adult groups on what to look for in our children that may indicate their inclination to gang membership. This program defines what a gang is and how and why it attracts our children. (See Youth Alternatives Program for children)

Youth Alternatives (Non-Gang Choices for Children and Adolescents) – This program involves prevention and seeks to eliminate the gang’s most precious asset – membership. The program concentrates on the marginal or potential member and strives to direct youth’s toward positive alternatives and away from the gang environment.

Program Access to Person with Disabilities – In compliance with the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, our programs are available for persons with disabilities. All of our programs can be made available (accessible) to people with disabilities. If a person with a disability will be attending one of our presentations, contact the program host (if known) or the Preventative Programs Administrative Office to inform us of any special needs such as sign language interpretation, large print material, alternative accessible sites, or any other reasonable accommodation.

Links to Other Sponsored Programs

great_program_logoGang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program

The G.R.E.A.T. program began in 1992 through a partnership between the Phoenix Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).

We use the G.R.E.A.T. program to make our young people aware of the consequences if they choose to become involved with gangs or criminal activity. It also provides them with positive alternatives, and ways to avoid involvement. Our goal is to decrease gang and youth violence.

In Chicago, the program is taught in the 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms, by a uniformed police officer and federal agents. Together, the G.R.E.A.T. instructor and the classroom teacher work together to realize a common goal, saving our children. We also conduct a summer component where we mix the curriculum with life skills, self esteem building, sports and other social activities to reinforce the 9-week program. The 3rd and 4th grade program is 5 weeks, and the 7th and 8th grade program (middle school) is 13 weeks. The middle school curriculum has been enhanced to address the concerns our young people confronted with prior to, and when they enter high school.