Member in Action: Chief Craig Meidl
The Spokane Police Chief urges the importance of increasing access to high-quality early learning
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Member Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl and Spokane Police Captain Tracie Meidl met with Senator Andy Billig and Spokane City Council Member Kate Burke to preview Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ 2018 legislative priorities. In 2018, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Washington will actively support increased access to high-quality preschool, home visiting and Expanded Learning Opportunities.
Chief Meidl and Captain Meidl spoke to the link they see between investments and access to preventive programs and reduced crime. In particular, they discussed their direct involvement with the Spokane Police Department’s Youth and Police Initiative where officers and at-risk teens meet for a week to break down barriers and stereotypes and have honest conversations about issues facing youth and the role of law enforcement. Kids get to “know” what lies behind the badge - it’s truly an amazing experience. Chief Meidl and Captain Meidl spoke passionately about how a connection to trusted adults can change a trajectory for youth.