La Crosse holding G.R.E.A.T. officer training

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Twenty-six law enforcement officers from 13 states are in one area city to learn to teach a program that’s designed to help kids avoid gangs and violence.

La Crosse has been the Midwest Atlantic Training Center for a program called G.R.E.A.T. since 1998.

G.R.E.A.T. stands for gang resistance education and training.

Law enforcement officers going through the training will bring the program into schools they serve.

Sergeant Tom Walsh and Officer Kurt Weaver with the La Crosse Police Department are part of the training staff.

The La Crosse Police Department has earned national recognition for its community policing efforts and G.R.E.A.T. is part of that.

Weaver said most of the officers going through the training are school resource officers, but don’t have the skills to go into the classroom to teach great.

“We want them to be able to feel comfortable, have the knowledge and skills that they will need to go into a classroom, and effectively deliver this message, and help kids be successful and avoid gangs and violence,” said Officer Kurt Weaver.

G.R.E.A.T. training goes until July 2.

La Crosse will hold its next G.R.E.A.T. training in October.

Contact Sergeant Tom Walsh at 608-789-8202 if you’re interested.

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