May 2, 2002 - DES MOINES.
I am proud to join my fellow prosecutors and law enforcement professionals in support of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
As Iowa's chief law enforcement officer, I want Iowa to continue to be a safe place to live and raise our families. My office
prosecutes some of the most serious offenders in the state, argues criminal appeals before the Supreme Court and
prosecutes civil commitments of the most dangerous sexually violent predators after they have finished their criminal
Like my fellow law enforcement professionals, however, I know that fighting crime also requires prevention. My office
has a longstanding commitment to young people. We support efforts to reduce crime by promoting a continuum of youth
programs that combine appropriate consequences, treatment and prevention. Quality child care is part of that continuum.
The new survey shows that the majority of Iowa's law enforcement professionals - the people who see crime up close
every day - know from their own experience that what the research tells us is true. The research tells us that the most
effective way to reduce crime is also the most cost effective way. That is to promote positive youth development so that
young people grow up with the support and inner resources they need to turn away from lives of crime.
We should be concerned about the care our youngest Iowans receive because it is the right thing to do. We should also be
concerned because it is an effective strategy for preventing future crime and delinquency.
In our fight against crime, we need to do what works. Investing in kids is only common sense.
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"Fight Crime: Invest in Kids" is a national, bipartisan anti-crime organization made up of over 1,500 chiefs of police,
sheriffs, district or county attorneys, and victims of violence, including more than 80 from Iowa. (
http://www.fightcrime.org/ ) On May 2 the group released a new Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey showing that
88 percent of Iowa police chiefs, sheriffs and county attorneys believe investments in educational child care for preschool-age children will help prevent crime and violence as the children grow up.