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Lansing officers taking on youth violence prevention

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Posted at 4:47 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 07:36:44-04

LANSING, Mich. — Recent shootings that claimed the lives of young people sent shockwaves through the community.

The Lansing Police Department is taking a pro-active approach to youth violence by teaching conflict resolution practices to kids.

The initiative is called “G.R.E.A.T.” an acronym for gang resistance education and training.

The program is led by the police department to prevent delinquency, youth violence and gang membership.

“Conflict resolution, anger management, decision making,” said Lt. Rodney Anderson.

“Goal setting in terms of like where you want to be when you grow up and how to get there can often be a deterrent from poor decision making such as violence and things of that nature.”

Parents say community resources like the G.R.E.A.T. program is needed to help place young people on a positive path and deter them from negative influences.

“I didn't raise my children alone,” said Emma Williams, a long-time Lansing resident.

“I raised my children with a village of people. I couldn't do it alone and the parents now need us as a village.”

Schools and community groups can schedule a visit from G.R.E.A.T. officers.

Go to https://www.lansingmi.gov/FormCenter/Police-Department-6/GREAT-Sportsmobile-Request-111 for more details.

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