A $200,000 anti-gang grant awarded to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office will fund two Lansing Police Officers for the Lansing School District's four middle schools.
They will be teaching a very specific 13 week curriculum called GREAT or Gang Resistance Enforcement and Training. The GREAT officers will seek to reduce gang activity, delinquent behavior and violence.
The officers will work full time in the classroom during the school year and in the summer they will work with high risk students the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing. Lansing Police Chief Mark Alley says Lansing doesn't have a gang problem but there are gang issues in and around the Capital City. The hope is this program will help keep kids off of the streets and on the right path.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero thinks GREAT will be a perfect fit with the community policing program the district and the police department is preparing to launch. Four community police officers have been hired and will be placed in Lansing's four high schools at the start of the next school year. The GREAT officers will be placed in the middle schools next January.