Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of joining Fight Crime: Invest in Kids?

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members know that proven investments in kids reduce crime and save money while getting kids the right start in life. But our members are busy people, and don’t have the time to read, analyze and compare all the research studies on “what works” with kids; or to follow the day-to-day developments on crime prevention policy in the nation’s capitol or the state capitol.

TN AlexanderBy joining together thousands of law enforcement leaders around the country, and providing you with full time research and policy staff on crime prevention issues, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids ensures your voice and perspective will be heard on issues that are important to you. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members gain positive press through publication of op-eds and letters to the editors, as well as through speaking at press events that can make a difference in their communities. Many Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members testify on Capitol Hill or in the State Legislature or meet with their lawmakers in Washington, DC or in their respective state to discuss crime prevention programs important to our members.

How does staff provide support to our members?

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids staff will keep up with the latest and best research on approaches with kids that really work to reduce later criminality and monitor current and upcoming policies and offer you opportunities to discuss proven programs that prevent crime and save money. We will help you accomplish this by:

  • Drafting op-eds and letters-to-the-editor on your behalf for you to submit to your local paper;
  • Drafting letters to policymakers that you and other law enforcement leaders can sign onto, alerting you to timely opportunities to call policymakers;
  • Arranging opportunities to testify and meetings with state legislators, Members of Congress, and other key decision-makers for you to voice your concerns; and
  • Coordinating press events for you to speak out on crime prevention issues important to law enforcement leaders and your communities.
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ staff is here to assist you in adding your voice to the debate.

How much does it cost to be a member?

There is no cost to become a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. If you are a law enforcement executive or violence survivor and agree with the mission and goals outlined in our plan for preventing crime and violence, we invite you to join.

Is Fight Crime: Invest in Kids politically partisan?

No. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, non-profit, bi-partisan organization with members from across the political spectrum.

Does Fight Crime: Invest in Kids run programs for kids?

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids does not run any programs or direct services for kids. We simply educate the public and policymakers about programs that research has proven will prevent crime and save money. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids does not accept any federal, state or local government dollars. We simply work to ensure that public funding goes to the programs for kids that reduce later crime.

Where does Fight Crime: Invest in Kids get their funding?

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is supported by tax-deductible contributions from foundations, individuals, and corporations. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids receives no funds from federal, state, or local governments. Major supporters include: Atlantic Philanthropies, The Buffett Early Childhood Fund, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Horace Hagedorn Foundation, JEHT Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and The Pew Charitable Trusts – Advancing Quality Pre-Kindergarten for All.

What law enforcement and survivor groups does Fight Crime: Invest in Kids work with?

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids works with national and state organizations throughout the country. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has resolutions with 94 law enforcement and survivor organizations, including the IACP, NSA, NDAA, NAAG, FOP, NAWLEE, NOVA and MCC. In addition Fight Crime: Invest in Kids attends about sixty state and national conferences per year to meet with law enforcement and survivor of violence members across the nation.

What is the time commitment?

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids respects how busy our member’s schedules are. There are no formal time commitments, and members choose to be as involved as their schedules permit. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids will present opportunities, and members may choose to participate on a case-by-case basis.

Why is your membership restricted to law enforcement executives and violent crime survivors?

Our members know from experience that one of the most effective ways to reduce crime is to give kids the right start in life. Law enforcement and violence survivors have a powerful voice to reach the public and policy makers across the nation, to work toward enactment of initiatives for kids that reflect what they know – and the research supports – can work to reduce later crime.

Working with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has given me a renewed energy to do the job: that is to serve and protect. By participating with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, testifying about programs which really work to prevent crime, ensuring that funding is provided, we are truly serving the people in our individual communities and protecting our youth, providing them with an opportunity to succeed.”

Chief of Police (Ret.) Ignacio “Joe” Pena,
Channahon, Ill. Police Department

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