Frank P. Long Students Complete the G.R.E.A.T Program

Frank P. Long Students Complete the G.R.E.A.T Program photo
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South Country Central School District students have completed a six-week federal program named Gang Resistance Education and Training, taught by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department. 

During the workshops, fourth-graders at Frank P. Long Intermediate School learned about anger management, good decision-making, how to become part of the community, communication skills, bullying prevention and being a good citizen. The program is also designed to promote a positive relationship between law enforcement and community youth.  

As a culminating activity, Deputy Sheriffs Kevin Tracy and Jason Korte demonstrated how their canine detectives Jett and Phillip locate drugs, tracks and people by utilizing their keen sense of smell. Tracy and Korte explained that a dog’s nose receptors are 100 times more powerful than any human. They also told the students that the dogs are part of their families and that the dogs’ number one priority is to please their handler, creating a special bond between the sheriffs and the dogs. The students also witnessed how both dogs were able to detect marijuana in a planted carry case and follow other commands.

“This is the best position in the Sheriff’s office,” Officer Korte explained.