Release | December 18, 2020

Statement of Condolences on the Passing of Long-Time Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Member Sheriff Benny Napoleon

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon was a champion for kids and early education

Council for a Strong America offers its condolences on the passing of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Sheriff Napoleon was a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids for more than 20 years, first while serving as the chief of police with the Detroit Police Department and then as the sheriff of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

During his two decades of membership, Sheriff Napoleon used his position to speak out in support of greater access to high-quality early care and education, afterschool, and anti-recidivism programs for disadvantaged children and families in Wayne County, Michigan, and nationwide. His work in the organization led him to receive the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Crime Fighter Award in 2016.

“Sheriff Napoleon dedicated his life to public service. We are grateful for his work with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and his tireless efforts to support children and strengthen our communities. I send my deepest condolences to his family and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office,” said Barry Ford, President and CEO of Council for a Strong America.

He will be missed as a champion for children most in need of programs that will steer them towards success.


Council for a Strong America is a bipartisan policy organization that engages law enforcement, military, business, faith and sports leaders to promote evidence-based policies and programs that enable kids to be healthy, well-educated and prepared for productive lives.