Bexar County G.R.E.A.T. Unit
The Bexar County Constable's Office Precinct 1 is now participating in the G.R.E.A.T. Program under the direction of the U.S Department of Justice. Bexar County Precinct 1 began this program in an effort to combat gang activity and increase "bullying" awareness. Deputy Gabriel R. Medina and Deputy Alex Chavez are presently the only two certified instructors for the G.R.E.A.T. Program at Precinct 1. The G.R.E.A.T. Program requires that selected Peace Officers in the United States successfully complete 80 hours of police instructing for each individual Officer. Between Deputy G. Medina, and Deputy A. Chavez, they have over 400 hours of combined Police Instructing, far exceeding the required standard. In addition to this, Deputy G. Medina has six years of previous corrections' officer experience with two of those years being spent as a Classification Gang Intelligence Officer. Both deputies bring a wealth of knowledge to the program.
The elementary curriculum Precinct 1 teaches is delivered to fourth and fifth grade students. The elementary curriculum includes one lesson per week, for six consecutive weeks. The program requires that a certified teacher be present and help supplement classroom activities. A wide range of teaching techniques are used to include, but not limited to; questions and answers, group discussion, role-playing, and workbook exercises. Upon completion of the six week program, a graduation is held for the participating students to show a sense of accomplishment for their hard work.
Any school district located in Bexar County Precinct 1 interested in obtaining more information about the G.R.E.A.T. Program, can contact us at (210) 335-2806.