Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan a statewide crime prevention nonprofit organization honored Alpena County Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski with its "Crime Fighter Award" during the Michigan Sheriffs' Association training conference last weekend.
Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas, the statewide co-chairman of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan, presented the award to Kieliszewski .
"Preventing crime at the front end is in each communities' best interest and in the best interest of our children," Kangas said. "I am honored to convey Fight Crime's 2012 'Crime Fighter Award' to Alpena County Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski for his outstanding support and leadership on behalf of children. Steve's work has helped to ensure that kids get the right start so that they never enter the pipeline to crime in the first place."
Kangas said Kieliszewski was unable to accept the award in person, as his daughter was competing in the Miss Michigan Pageant in Muskegon. He said Kieliszewski is a strong proponent of child abuse and neglect prevention and has made a personal and professional commitment to invest in kids.
"Sheriff Kieliszewski has been a strong representative for public investments in voluntary home visitation and parent coaching, and high-quality preschool, after-school programs, and community-based treatment programs," Kangas said. "For the past seven years, Steven Kieliszewski has participated at in-district meetings, sent letters, and held site-visits to present the benefits of these proven prevention programs to lawmakers and why it is important to invest in kids."
Kieliszewski has been a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan for seven years and has been on its statewide executive committee for two years. He also serves as board member of the Salvation Army and the Northeast Michigan Child and Family Services.