The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has issued a statement applauding the confirmation of Eric H. Holder, Jr. to be Attorney General of the United States.

Holder has an extraordinary record of public service exemplified by his previous positions as federal prosecutor, a trial judge, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Deputy U. S. Attorney General, says NCPC. During his tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice he was a strong proponent of crime prevention initiatives at every level of government. He was instrumental in forging community courts in Washington, DC, helping domestic violence survivors, and reducing children’s exposure to violence at home and in the community.

NCPC says it’s positive that Holder, the first African American to hold the job, is ideally suited to helping the Obama administration emphasize crime prevention and work with law enforcement agencies to reinforce hometown security therefore ensuring our communities are safe places to live, learn, work, and play.