Eight suburban police chiefs and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will urge Congress Thursday afternoon to fund early childhood and preschool programs which research has shown reduce crime.
Niles Police Chief Dean Strzelecki will be among the chiefs at a press conference to publicize research by a non-profit agency called Fight Crime, Invest In Kids. The research demonstrates early childhood education leads to better outcomes as children grow into adults, as well as lives saved and lower costs to incarcerate criminals.
"These funds are always on the chopping block," Strzelecki said.
The report is called, "I'm the Guy You Pay Later," based on the saying, "pay me now or pay me later."