Child Abuse Linked to Future Crime

**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR JULY 27**
Yakima’s Top Cops Say Child Abuse
Linked to Future Crime
Sheriff, police chief say home visits can cut child abuse and neglect by half,
reduce juvenile crime

YAKIMA, WASH. — Law enforcement brass will hold a press conference on Tuesday, July 27 to raise awareness about the connection between child abuse and neglect and juvenile crime. Yakima Chief of Police Sam Granato and Sheriff Ken Irwin will release a report showing that thousands of Washington kids become victims of child abuse and neglect every year.
The report will also show that voluntary home visiting programs can cut child abuse and neglect by half and significantly reduce later crime. Chief Granato and Sheriff Irwin will call on state lawmakers and the Governor to continue Washington’s investment in voluntary home-visiting and pursue new federal funding for these services as an effective way to curb child abuse and improve public safety.

WHO: Yakima Chief of Police Sam Granato
Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin
Laura Wells, FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS Washington Director
Diane Patterson, Children’s Village Director
Teresa White, Registered Nurse and Home Visitor

WHAT: News Conference

WHEN: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WHERE: Children’s Village
3801 Kern Way
Yakima, WA
Phone: (509) 574-3200

VISUALS: Law enforcement in uniform

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