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Kennewick Police Chief Honored for Work for At-Risk Children

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KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg is being recognized for his work on behalf of at-risk children. 

Friday morning, Hohenberg received the FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS Champion for Washington's Children Award at the annual regional law enforcement breakfast hosted by the Kennewick Police Department. 

"Chief Hohenberg is a firm believer that investing in our youngest children will set them on the path to success and away from crime." said FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS Washington State Director Laura Wells. "He has worked effectively with policymakers and the public to encourage wise investments in prevention programs for children during their earliest years. He has shown a true commitment to early learning and home visiting programs that help give kids the right start in life and prevent crime. We are pleased to honor him as the 2013 Champion for Washington's Children." 

Chief Hohenberg joined FIGHT CRIME: INVEST IN KIDS Washington in 2006 and has been a dedicated advocate for Washington's youngest children. He has testified in Olympia and met with state and federal policymakers to promote early learning as a key crime prevention strategy.

Last year he was joined by Benton County Sheriff Steve Keane, Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Andy Miller and Richland Chief Chris Skinner at a local Head Start program to release the FIGHT CRIME: Invest in Kids report on High-Quality Early Learning: A Key to Reducing Future Crime in Washington. 

"Our motto at the Kennewick Police Department is committed to your safety," Chief Hohenberg said when testifying in Olympia earlier this year. "I'm very relentless in dealing with criminal activity of any sort. It would be almost hypocritical on my part if we didn't look at other strategies to keep our communities safer. Truly this is one of the things I'm post passionate about - making sure we have a pathway for our kids that begins with early learning." 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Washington is a nonprofit, bipartisan, anti-crime organization led by over 225 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecuting attorneys and violence survivors.