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On April 19, 2012, Norfolk FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Willie Session and Maerine Mitchell from the Up Center, Norfolk, spoke to students at the Hampton City School Performance Learning Center about conflict resolution, communication skills, and perception. Students heard about the resources and assistance available to them, free of charge, through the Up Center of Hampton Roads, a non-profit United Way Community Partner agency, formerly known as Child & Family Services of Eastern Virginia. ASAC Session spoke with the students about the importance of remaining crime-free and learning to recognize the need for mentoring. Shown above is a student with one of the hand-outs.
On April 25, 2012, members of the Charlotte FBI Citizens Academy were briefed on fingerprinting and other investigative techniques used at crime scenes by FBI agents from Charlotte’s Evidence Response team. The FBI Citizens Academy multi-week program gives business, religious, and community leaders an up-close and personal look at the mission and capabilities of the Bureau.
On April 17, 2012, members of FBI Explorer Post 2060 participated in a firearms training session at Fort Dix, NJ, where the youngsters learned firearms safety and had the opportunity to shoot on the firing range. More than 33,000 young adults participate nationwide in the Law Enforcement Exploring program, which helps young adults interested in a career path within law enforcement and challenges them to become responsible citizens. The program is provided by Learning for Life (LFL), a U.S. school and work-site based youth program and a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.
On April 28, 2012, the Norfolk FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA), along with the FBI’s Norfolk office, hosted a Racial Healing workshop at the Chinese Community Center of Hampton Roads. The event was made possible through a grant received by the FBI’s National CAAA from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a project known as “America Healing: A Racial Equity Initiative.” Through this grant project, the NCAAA and the FBI hope to foster racial relations among communities and individuals. More than 75 community members attended the Norfolk event, which included a special presentation by comedian Seaton Smith (bottom photo), speeches from various community leaders, and a panel discussion. Also shown above are panel members Fay Silverman, Community Relations Council’s Outreach Committee Chair, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater; Vernon Fareed, Resident Imam, Masjid William Salaam; and Marianne Smith Vargas, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
The Richmond FBI office, which maintains a partnership with the local Make-A-Wish Foundation, was recently called upon to help with a “Wish Kid’s” visit to an FBI office. While on a recent visit from New York to Virginia to fulfill his wish of skydiving, Whalen Polikoff and his family stopped by the Richmond FBI office for a visit. Whalen and his family met with Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Michael Morehart, members of Richmond’s SWAT, and an FBI polygrapher. Shown above (top photo) is Whalen and his brother Max with SWAT members, and (bottom photo) Whalen, second from the right, and his family with SAC Morehart.
On March 17, 2012, the Seattle Sounders Football Club began displaying the FBI’s Child ID App promotion on large video boards and continues to display the promo at all games at CenturyLinkField. The Sounders will also honor the local law enforcement community when they host their first Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on March 31, 2012, as they take on the San Jose Earthquakes. The event will honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and their families, and will help raise awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum currently under construction in Washington, D.C. Representatives from the Seattle FBI and the Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association will be in attendance for pre-match fan activities, providing information on the FBI Child ID App, Child ID kits, and other resources.
On Saturday, March 10, 2012, dozens of FBI agents and Chicago Police Department officers hit the ice to raise money for Honor Flight Chicago (HFC). HFC is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring Chicago area World War II veterans by flying them, all expenses paid, to Washington D.C. for a day to reflect at the National World War II Memorial. All proceeds from the Law Enforcement Hockey Classic were donated to HFC. There are an estimated 25,000 World War II veterans in the Chicago area. Since its founding in 2008, HFC has flown 2,983 veterans to Washington D.C.