Lansing Police are taking the G.R.E.A.T. Program out to the parks.
The G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program is a school-based program taught by a Police Officer in the classroom. It's all about offering kids skills to avoid getting in trouble with the law, and associating with gangs.
Earlier this year, LPD brought the program back from a 5 year hiatus. It ran from 2007 until 2009. During that time, LPD Chief Mike Yankowski says youth-related crimes dropped 16%.
For the first time, officers have taken the program out on the road during the summer. Thursday, they offered kids ages 9-11 the opportunity to play in a free Round Ball 3 on 3 Tournament at Comstock Park. There was food, prizes, music and fun.