New Haven, CT
2010 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
In New Haven, FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni member Angela DeLeon is the originator and coordinator of a nationally recognized crime prevention program for senior citizens, the People’s United Bank Masters Program.
In 1996, People’s United Bank became one of the first banks in the country to develop a program designed with the safety of its senior citizen customer base in mind. The program is intended to promote financial security and awareness and brings together representatives from law enforcement, private and not-for-profit business, the office of the attorney general, and senior advocacy agencies.
Prior to joining People’s United Bank, Ms. DeLeon worked for the Bridgeport Police Department, where she instituted the first formal crime prevention program tailored to the needs of senior citizens. She initiated the nationally recognized File of Life Program and the Yellow Dot Program, both of which offer first responders medical history information in the event that a patient cannot speak.
Ms. DeLeon is a national expert who speaks at senior centers, senior housing associations, assisted living facilities, and seminars held in People’s United Bank branches throughout the country, working to keep senior citizens from being unsuspecting targets.
She is a member of the advisory board of the National Association of Triads, Inc., and the director of the State of Connecticut Triad Association. In 2000, she was recognized by the Crime Prevention Association of Connecticut as the Practitioner of the Year.