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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is actively trying to turn students away from joining gangs. The department teamed up with 23 St. Louis schools, both public and charter, through G.R.E.A.T. or gang resistance education and training.

Lt. Perri Johnson says that the G.R.E.A.T. program teaches students communication and life skills, and offers positive interactions with police officers.

Students from Herzog Elementary School in North St. Louis love the program, especially the ‘super recess’ that was recently held, in which the 5th grade students won a game of kickball against the police officers.

To learn more about the G.R.E.A.T. program go to

By Tess Hill