On October 27, The Prevention Department of the National Civil Police (PNC) Delegation in La Libertad Norte closed the first course of the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.) in Quezaltepeque, promoted by the International Bureau of Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement (INL) of the United States Embassy in El Salvador. The graduation took place at the Ajax basketball stadium court in Quezaltepeque, and benefitted 1,198 students from 16 schools in that municipality.
U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes; Acting Chief of PNC Delegation La Libertad Norte, Chief Inspector Mario Aníbal Nolasco Macal; and Mayor of Quezaltepeque, Elio Lemus participated in the graduation ceremony.
The G.R.E.A.T. Preventive Program is intended to persuade and prevent youth from engaging in crime, youth violence, and gang involvement. There are 13 lessons in the GREAT learning, with topics such as the reality of gangs and violence, effective communication, correct decision making, conflict resolution, safe sayings and how to treat peers. students from first to third cycle. This program is part of the implementation of community policing and prevention strategies developed by the Corporation in the 50 municipalities prioritized in the Plan El Salvador Seguro, promoted by the government. Since 2010 to date, this program has benefited more than 80,000 students from Plan El Salvador Seguro cities around the country. Currently, the municipalities that benefit from the GREAT program are Lourdes, Santa Ana, Ahuachapán, Sonsonate, Usulután, San Martín, Herradura de La Paz, Soyapango and San Salvador, but a big step for GREAT is the expansion of the program nationwide.
In her remarks to the graduates, Ambassador Manes said, “The Government of the United States firmly believes in the youth of this country, in their abilities and dreams. And we know that if we give them the opportunity, you can achieve great things.”