Urging Gov. Martinez to Help Prevent Child Abuse
Report shows voluntary home visiting and quality early education can reduce abuse and crime and save taxpayers money
At an event held at the Albuquerque Police Academy, New Mexico police chiefs urged Governor Susana Martinez to support a proposal to provide home visiting services and quality early education programs for at-risk children and families.
The report, called Breaking the Cycle shows that providing voluntary home visiting services to high-risk families can significantly reduce child abuse and neglect rates, prevent violent crime, and improve the safety of New Mexico communities.
The law enforcement leaders urged Governor Susana Martinez ® to sign into law the full amount of increased investments for pre-K education through the Children Youth and Families Department and Public Education Department, child care and home visiting. This was passed by the legislature with bipartisan support through House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 113.
Participating in the news conference were Bloomfield Police Department Chief Michael Kovacs, Los Lunas Police Department Chief Roy Melnick, Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Macario Page, and Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety Director Robert Boone.