October is Crime Prevention Month, when citizens and law enforcement in cities and towns across the United States mobilize to strengthen their communities to prevent crime. This week, to help celebrate the good work of citizens and law enforcement in the Fourth Congressional District of Texas, Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX) met in Washington, DC, with leading representatives of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), and was photographed with McGruff the Crime Dog ®, our nation's leading symbol of crime prevention.
"Crime prevention is everyone's business," said Rep. Hall, "and I am proud of the ongoing work of citizens and law enforcement whom I'm privileged to represent in Congress." "It is important that we take every opportunity to thank local law enforcement and engaged citizens who work together to prevent crime and the fear associated with it. Crime Prevention Month offers us this opportunity."
Both the National Sheriffs Association and the National Crime Prevention Council are leading national resources providing community safety and crime prevention tools that have been tested and are valued by local law enforcement agencies and communities nationwide.
The NSA is the largest association of law enforcement professionals in the nation, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation and with a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. NCPC is the nation's center of excellence for crime prevention and a leader in helping people keep themselves, their families and their communities safe from crime.
"I commend our law enforcement officials and all those who are dedicated to keeping our citizens safe from harm," Hall said. "We owe them a debt of gratitude."