State Sen. Glenn Anderson, D-Westland, received the 2011 Champion Crime Fighter Award from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan at the nonprofit anti-crime organization's annual meeting in Lansing last week.
Anderson's district includes Livonia, Westland, Garden City and Redford.
“Senator Anderson has distinguished himself as a leader for children,” Pelleran said. “He has consistently supported investments in children that include increasing family functioning through parent education home visiting programs, high-quality preschool and after-school programs, funding to ensure quality public schools, and programs that support the social, and emotional developmental needs of young people. This includes bullying prevention.
According to Pelleran, Anderson's efforts brought about the final passage of bully prevention legislation to require that all school districts have policies in place.
“By working to ensure the success and safety of our youngest citizens, Senator Glenn Anderson is indeed Fighting Crime by investing in kids,” she said.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a nonprofit anti-crime organization led by more than 5,000 chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and crime survivors. Its 480 Michigan members know that the most powerful weapons in the arsenal to fight crime are the proven programs that help kids get the right start in life - programs like high quality after-school programs, early childhood school readiness, abuse and neglect prevention and getting troubled kids back on track, Pelleran said.