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NN Sheriff Gabe Morgan honored with 2014 Law Enforcement Leader of the Year Award

7/14/2014, 2:34 p.m.
Sheriff Gabe Morgan is a recent recipient of the law enforcement leader award.
Sheriff Morgan at the U.S. Capitol.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids honored Newport News Sheriff Gabriel Morgan with the 2014 Law Enforcement Leader of the Year Award for his work to promote investments in children and youth that have been proven to reduce later crime and violence.

The award was presented to Sheriff Morgan at the U.S. Capitol after he spoke at the launch event of the bipartisan Congressional Crime Prevention and Youth Development Caucus.

"Sheriff Morgan has been a true leader in efforts to give children the right start in life and to keep them on the right track," said Natasha

O'Dell Archer, national director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. "He knows that keeping our communities safe starts early on, by investing in our children."

Since Sheriff Morgan joined Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in 2007, he has promoted evidence-based programs for children and youth that have been proven to reduce later crime and violence, including voluntary home visiting, high-quality early education, and interventions to get troubled youth back on track. He has also worked with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids to promote racial equity in the law enforcement community.

Earlier this year, Sheriff Morgan and Petersburg Police Chief John

Dixon released a new Fight Crime: Invest in Kids report showing how

Medicaid expansion in Virginia would lower crime by reducing prenatal alcohol exposure, reducing child abuse and neglect, and enabling children and teens to be screened and treated for mental health issues.

"I am very honored to receive this award from an organization that works on issues of critical importance to me, both personally and professionally," said Sheriff Morgan. "Crime prevention truly does start with youth development."