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San Francisco

Graduation event for members of its ninth annual Citizens Academy.

The FBI’s San Francisco office participated in the San Francisco Giants’ “Family Safety Night” held at AT&T Park in July 2012. During the event, FBI volunteers distributed Child ID kits to parents and gave stickers to children. The Bureau—along with state and local law enforcement agencies—were recognized during the game for being committed to public safety and the community.

Albuquerque

Graduation event for members of its ninth annual Citizens Academy.

On June 27, 2012, members of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBICAAA) were briefed on the topic of human trafficking and the need for increased reporting of this crime. The event was sponsored by the FBI’s Albuquerque office and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, who have partnered together to increase awareness about the issue. The Albuquerque FBICAAA was offered the presentation because it is the largest group of program ambassadors with ties to rural communities, businesses, and social services organizations.

Las Vegas

Graduation event for members of its ninth annual Citizens Academy.

On May 1, 2012, the FBI’s Las Vegas office held a graduation event for members of its ninth annual Citizens Academy. The ceremony was sponsored by the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association. The FBI Citizens Academy program, held in every field office, is open to business, civic, and religious leaders who live and work in the area covered by the sponsoring office. Participants generally meet around 10 times and learn about a variety of FBI-related topics, including jurisdiction, oversight, evidence collection, fingerprinting, other forensic services, and civil rights.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

On April 3, 2012, representatives from the FBI’s Las Vegas office, the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA), and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI toured the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement, better known as “The Mob Museum.” The museum is located in downtown Las Vegas and opened its doors on February 14, 2012, the 83rd anniversary of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago. Former FBI Las Vegas Special Agent in Charge Ellen Knowlton is the president of the nonprofit organization, and Jonathan Ullman, executive director of the museum, is attending the Las Vegas Citizens Academy. Many of the exhibits are tied to former FBI investigations, and the museum has various high-tech theater presentations, artifacts, and interactive exhibits (like the one pictured above) presenting the battle between organized crime and law enforcement.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

On April 17, 2012, members of the FBI Citizens Academy (CA) took part in the annual ‘Range Night’ sponsored by the FBI’s Las Vegas office. The evening, spent at the firing range, included firing weapons (under the watchful eye of the Bureau’s SWAT) along with hostage-taking scenarios. SWAT welcomed participants and canvassed for volunteers to serve as “hostages” (like the man shown above) as team members demonstrated what happens in hostage situations. CA participants said the experience was nerve-racking, even though they knew it wasn’t real!

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