NPD chief joins national organization to steer kids away from crime

Nashville Police Chief Heather Burris has joined a law enforcement organization to steer kids away from crime.

This month Burris became a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an anti-crime organization of more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors nationwide, including more than 79 law enforcement leaders in Indiana.

For more than 25 years, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids members have spoken out in support of strategies proven to reduce crime by preparing kids for successful lives.

“As a former substitute teacher and the current Nashville Metropolitan Chief of Police, I will never stop supporting the betterment of our community’s children and their futures,” Burris said in a press release.

“My past and future continue to show me the importance of well-funded schools, afterschool programs, and early childhood education for crime reduction and for our children to succeed.”

Founded in 1996, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids promotes smart, bipartisan state and federal solutions to reduce crime, such as evidence-based voluntary parent coaching programs for new parents that prevent child abuse and neglect; high-quality early childhood education that increases educational success and graduation rates; stronger K-12 education goals and after-school programs that give kids a clear path toward productive futures and away from crime; and proven coaching programs that strengthen families and get troubled kids back on track.