Stanek has been a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids for 10 years. He is a prominent champion for research-based programs that reduce crime by preparing children and teens for success in K-12 education and the workforce.
Last September, Stanek played a key role in helping the organization celebrate a major milestone by joining fellow members to launch a nationwide early childhood campaign and report entitled, "I'm The Guy You Pay Later." In one day, the campaign reached 26 states, 54 TV stations and an estimated 24 million households nationwide.
In November, Stanek was invited to join business and military leaders on Capitol Hill to introduce the Strong Start for America's Children Act, which was sponsored by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY). This new legislation is designed to create a state-federal partnership to significantly expand the availability of high-quality early childhood education for children from birth to age five nationwide.
"Sheriff Stanek has convinced numerous policymakers, and everyday citizens that improving children's health and educational development pays big dividends in public safety," said National Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. "On behalf of the entire membership, I am honored to convey Fight Crime's 2014 Exemplary Service Award to Sheriff Richard Stanek for his outstanding leadership for crime prevention."