Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - The Ohio Office
Former Powell Chief of Police Gary Vest and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio State Director Cyndy Rees discuss memorable moments and policy wins from the Ohio office.
2004: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ Ohio state office opens.
2004: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids OH releases a home visiting report in coordination with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH as part of our Education Begins at Home Act outreach effort to U.S. Senator Mike DeWine.
2005: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids OH members meet with U.S. Senator Mike DeWine and secure him as a co-sponsor of the Education Begins at Home Act.
2005: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids OH member Sheriff Thomas G. Maurer (Wayne County) presents at a bullying prevention event on Capitol Hill sponsored by Court TV. The event was planned in conjunction with the release of Representative John Shimkus’ (R-IL) Anti-Bullying Act of 2005, which would allow schools to use Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act funds to support bullying and harassment prevention programs.
2007: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids OH receives endorsement from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police for our School Youth Violence Prevention Plan.
2007: Congressman Ralph Regula (R-16) speaks at a district town hall meeting that includes teachers, students, parents, and other public officials to talk about bullying in schools and possible solutions. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio member Wayne County Sheriff Tom Maurer had been working for several years with Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland Counties to adopt the Olweus Bullying Prevention programs. Congressman Regula provided $150,000 in federal funding to start the Olweus program in all three counties at the beginning of the next school year.
2010: Members meet with U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner to thank him for including MIECHV in reconciliation earlier that morning.
2010: The Ohio office hosts a “March Madness” basketball event in Cleveland at a Boys & Girls club that focuses on afterschool programs. This event brought together teens that played a game of hoops with support from the Cuyahoga County Chiefs. These teens had been active in gangs and credited the Boys & Girls Club for literally saving their lives.
2010: Ohio members work with the Nurse Family Partnership and Jim Hagedorn, CEO of Scott’s Miracle Gro, to co-host a Nurse Family Partnership Dayton site visit with Ohio’s First Lady, Frances Strickland.
2011: The Ohio office receives media attention for its Hamilton Cops and Tots event.
May 2019: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Ohio releases a report, “Foster Care Youth: The Innocent Victims of the Opioid Epidemic.” with members Ashland County Sheriff E. Wayne Risner and Ashland Police Chief David Marcelli speaking to the importance of addressing the opioid crisis in Ohio. The media attention helped lead to an increase in foster care funding over and above Governor DeWine’s budget proposals.
June 2019: Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin participates in a Cops and Tots event to support a hold-harmless provision in the state budget for Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) in 13 Ohio counties, including Allen County, the location of the event. Media coverage led to the hold-harmless provision being enacted in the final version of the state operating budget.
August 2020: Adapting to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, Madison County Sheriff John R. Swaney and Congressman Steve Stivers (OH 15th District) participate in a virtual Cops & Tots childcare reading event with toddlers from the First United Methodist Church Childcare Center in Mt. Sterling, OH. The purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of quality-rated child care programs and their impact on young learners and working families.
Below are some memories from the Ohio office over the years.
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