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To Protect and Serve - And Educate: OH Cops Help Out in Pre-Schools

May 14, 2007

Ohio police are working to cut down on crime by reading books to preschoolers. It's part of the "Cops for Tots" program, bringing police officers in to help educate Ohio's youngest citizens. Powell Police Chief Gary Vest is president of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. He says police have an interest in early education because kids who get a good start in school are likely to be better citizens.

“From a law enforcement standpoint, we are better off, all of us, when we have productive people making incomes, creating new ideas, and growing the economy, versus having to house a large portion of our population in prisons.”

Cyndy Rees with Ohio group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids says each dollar spent on early education and child care saves the state seven dollars down the road by cutting down on the need for remedial education and prison.

“It's really important to give every kid a fair opportunity to enter into the education system on an equal level. And the impact that will have on crime later on is very significant.”

There's a "Cops and Tots" event today in Dayton. Cincinnati will be the next stop in the coming weeks.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH