Special Programs

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The Police Department offers programs that are designed to increase interaction between officers and the people served.

 

GREAT

D.A.R.E. ProgramThe Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, better known as GREAT, reaches all fifth grade students in the Grand Island Public Schools and Trinity Lutheran School. GREAT is a seven week program taught to the students by a Police School Resource Officer. The GREAT program emphasizes teaching young people techniques like making GREAT choices, communicating messages clearly, controlling your anger and respecting others. This leads to being a GREAT citizen.

The GREAT program is also taught to all Grand Island Public Middle Schools. This is a 13 week program and it is also taught by a Police School Resource officer. The Middle School GREAT emphasizes things like the truth about gangs and violence, student roles in their families, schools and communities, identifying realistic goals, how to make good decisions and how to communicate well.

The Middle School also shows how to develop empathy for others, how to deal with peer pressure and what you can do when you feel angry. This helps kids learn how to resolve conflicts.


Ride Along

Ride-Along ProgramThe Police Department allows persons who are 15 years of age or older to ride along with Patrol Officers while on duty. The Ride Along program presents a unique opportunity for citizens to learn more about police work while improving trust between the community and the Police Department.
There are some restrictions to the program and persons under the age of 18 must have parental or guardian permission. All participants must complete a request application which is available on the Services and Information page and must also sign a waiver of liability. People who are interested in participating in a Ride Along should contact the Police Department.

 


 

College Internships

The Grand Island Police Department is always seeking qualified individuals who are considering a career in law enforcement to participate in the college internship program. This program offers challenging and rewarding opportunities for professional development to qualified students. Internships allow students to gain insight into the law enforcement profession through experiences that are rarely available in a conventional classroom setting. This program is a non-paid college internship that introduces students to a variety of aspects of law enforcement that will enhance understanding of the criminal justice system. In addition, students are introduced to the possibilities of several different types of career opportunities in law enforcement. Students who participate in the program receive academic credit for their unpaid fieldwork in accordance with the criteria developed by the college or university institution.

The GIPD program is a non-paid college internship program that introduces students to aspects of law enforcement that will enhance the students’ understanding of the criminal justice system. In addition, students are introduced to various career opportunities in the law enforcement field. Students who participate in the program receive academic credit for their unpaid fieldwork in accordance with the criteria developed by their college institution.

Applicants must first contact the internship coordinators or counselors of their college or university to find out eligibility and to ensure all college or university requirements have been met. Some institutions require that all initial contact with agencies be coordinated through their internship coordinator. The Grand Island Police Department encourages students to strictly adhere to the procedures of their school. An official document from the college or university attended must accompany the application stating eligibility before the internship will be considered.

If you are interested in taking part in the College Internship please contact Sergeant Jim Duering at 385-5400 or email jduering@gipolice.org