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On September 15th, the New Orleans FBI office took part in Scam Jam 2011, an anti-fraud seminar educating Louisiana residents—including senior citizens—on the various ways they could protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud. The Louisiana Chapter of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association (which includes New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport Citizens’ Academy graduating classes) was the driving force behind this endeavor, which was sponsored by 24 federal, state, and local law enforcement, government, and regulatory agencies. Each agency had its own booth at the event, allowing for one-one-one interaction between agency representatives and members of the public. Also featured was a stage and seating arrangements for 300 people who could listen to 20-minute presentations by the agencies involved throughout the day. The event, held at the Pontchartrain Center just outside New Orleans, was publicly endorsed ahead of time by New Orleans FBI Special Agent in Charge David Welker. His endorsement led to the involvement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Louisiana, Crime Stoppers, Inc., and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.
The Cincinnati FBI office and the FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation of Cincinnati recently hosted a briefing regarding safety and security at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds major league baseball team. The event was attended by approximately 25 past graduates of the Citizens’ Academy. Kerry Rowland, director of public safety and security for the Reds, led the briefing, which included an overview of how his organization works with local, state, and federal agencies to protect players and fans attending the games. Participants also got a tour of the stadium, command center, clubhouses, training areas, and dugouts.
Boston FBI Community Outreach Specialist Sue Durkin, along with retired FBI Special Agent Charlie Walsh who established the first Evidence Response Team in the Boston office, recently demonstrated some fingerprint techniques and crime scene collection processes for seniors at Ipswich High School. Durkin and other personnel from the Boston FBI office visit the school twice a month to help instruct students on forensic science.
On 9/8/11, the Las Vegas FBI office took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Las Vegas U.S. VETS, a non-profit organization that assists homeless military veterans in the Las Vegas area. The ceremony, held on the occasion of the organization’s 10th anniversary, dedicated a new housing complex for homeless vets called “The Radcliff.” FBI Las Vegas Community Outreach Specialist Holly James attended the event, which was hosted by Shalimar Cabrera (shown above), Director of the Las Vegas U.S. VETS and a graduate of the 2011 FBI Citizens’ Academy. Also in attendance was Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. The Las Vegas FBI office has partnered with the U.S. VETS, assisting with clothing drives and donations of used furniture and office supplies. FBI employees also volunteer at the organization’s annual “Stand Down” event during which homeless veterans come for clothing, meals, legal advice, medical and dental assistance, showers and haircuts, and even veterinary care for their pets. Southern Nevada is home to more than 210,000 veterans, and approximately 2 percent of them are homeless.
More than 20 Citizens’ Academy graduates recently participated in the 2011 Southern Ohio Bomb Squad’s Introduction to Explosives and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) course. The session included an overview of IEDS and an introduction to homemade, military, and commercial explosives. Members of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation were invited to attend the session—which included an overview on IEDs and an introduction to homemade, military, and commercial explosives—in order to raise public awareness among community partners about potentially harmful explosive devices. A practical explosives demonstration (above photo) was also held to showcase the power contained in these devices. While the class was conducted primarily for Transportation Security Administration airport screeners from several airports in the region, law enforcement, security, and fire personnel were also invited to view devices they may encounter in their line of work.