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Police gather for convention in Stateline

Expect to see 850 law enforcement officers at Stateline next week.

They will be going to the second annual Gang Resistance Education and Training Conference at Caesars Tahoe and Horizon Casino Resort from Sunday to Thursday.

G.R.E.A.T. is a youth-oriented program started in 1991 by the Phoenix Police Department. Since then, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has helped develop similar programs across the country.

“It’s to more or less give the tools to the students in case they encounter any kind of gang problem,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Youth Service Deputy Jennie Hill, a conference organizer. “It’s so they make the right choices, so they don’t get involved in negative or violent activity.”

Last year, at the first G.R.E.A.T. Conference in Tucson, Ariz., Hill proposed Stateline as a possible site for the event.

“You can’t get much better than Lake Tahoe, you know, plus we had support from Sheriff Pierini and ATF,” she said. “We have the environment, the facilities, both hotels.”

At the conference, 500 officers from around the country will be recertified as G.R.E.A.T. instructors. Others will attend training sessions and listen to Sen. Maurice E. Washington from Nevada who is scheduled to speak Tuesday night. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, an expert in human aggression, is scheduled to speak Thursday at 1:15 p.m.

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