SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Salt Lake City police donated more than 1,000 books during its annual book drive Monday.
Officers dropped off the books and read to students at Mary W. Jackson Elementary Schooll and Pacific Heritage Academy.
“Education and reading is paramount in developing a successful law-abiding citizen,” said Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown. “About 40 percent of prisoners lack a high school education. Never has reading been so important and critical than now. It is imperative that young children develop a love and passion for reading. Books are a ticket for success”.
The Salt Lake City Police Department in partnership with the Salt Lake School District, Salt Lake City Council, Salt Lake City Mayors Office, and the Salt Lake City Public Library sponsored the children’s book drive. The agencies say by investing in kids and encouraging early reading they hope to change outcomes for at-risk children and prevent future crime.
This is the third year that SLCPD has conducted a book drive for schools in Salt Lake City in partnership with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.