State Police Recognizes Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month

Contact: Sgt. Kim Vetter, MSP Grants and Community Services Division 517-284-3215
Agency: State Police

April 9, 2018

To recognize Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is participating in the national Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign by displaying a pinwheel garden outside of Headquarters in Lansing in April.   

The blue pinwheel is the recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention with the “garden” serving as a reminder that children have the right to grow and flourish to their full potential in a nurturing environment.

“Every child deserves a safe and loving upbringing free of abuse and neglect,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Public safety, especially that of our youngest and most vulnerable residents, is our top priority. We are committed to protecting our children and promoting healthy behaviors and relationships among families in the communities we serve.”

Physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and/or neglect include:

  • Unexplained injuries like bruises and burns
  • Unattended medical needs
  • Lack of supervision      
  • Self-harm or self-mutilation
  • Withdrawn and/or aggressive behavior extremes

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call (855) 444-3911. If the child is in immediate danger, call 911.

For information on child abuse and neglect support services in Michigan, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ website at  www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/.