Mayor Howard W. Peak

School Services Unit

1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

GREAT is staffed by 2 part time officers, 6 full time officers and 1 sergeant. GREAT began as the D.A.R.E. program. The D.A.R.E. program targeted 5th graders and was restructured in 1997 to form the GREAT program. The program now targets all middle school children. Through presentations and structured activities in the schools the programís goal is to divert children from gang activity.

The NEISDís Critical Incidents Response Plan is a shared program with the NEISD. Police and the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD). Information regarding floor plans, diagrams, and exits of schools, district buildings, and busses is loaded on to a CD-ROM and available for use in emergency situations. Threats and acts of violence against students, faculty, and staff are also documented and available. Special Operations with the SAPD are the response entity and the School District Police and SAPD San Antonio Fear Free Environment (SAFFE) Officers work on community/prevention aspect.

2. When was the program created and why?

In April 1998 the program was conceived and began itís planning stages.

Based on the incidents that have occurred across the country involving student shootings, hostage situations and acts of violence, this program is a method of readiness and prevention.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

The program is not fully in place but when completed it will be evaluated by SAPD Special Operations Unit.

4. How is the program financed?

The program is a part of the NEISD police duties. No special funds are allocated for this.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all

The only entities involved are the SAPD Special Operations Unit and the NEISD School District.

6. Contact person:

Bill Ewell

Chief of Police

Northeast Independent School District

10333 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78217

ph: (210) 655-6859

fax: (210) 657-8787

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