Photo Gallery 21
In Your Community: Photos
In May 2012, the FBI’s Norfolk office and its partners launched a five month campaign called Aware.Prepare.Prevent (A.P.P.) featuring a series of seminars designed to educate the community on cyber security, national security, fraud, and parental awareness. The cyber security topic covers identity theft, travel, financially motivated crimes, and elicitation, while national security focuses on counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and civil liberties. The topic of fraud includes health care fraud, mortgage fraud, Internet scams, and computer and software safety, while the parental awareness session informs parents about the Bureau’s Innocent Images initiative, sexting, cyber bullying, and gangs. All seminars are free and open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend and learn ways to protect themselves, their children, families, and businesses from criminal threats. For information about the A.P.P. campaign please visit www.fbi.gov/norfolk, call 757-455-3161, or e-mail A.P.P.email@example.com.
Earlier this year, the FBI’s San Diego office participated in the 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr., parade, which followed scenic Harbor Drive along the San Diego Bay. Bureau employees distributed activity books, FBI badge stickers, and other items to children standing along the parade route.
The FBI office in Knoxville recently completed its 2012 Young Adult Leadership Academy, which brought together rising junior and seniors selected from high schools across East Tennessee. Students enjoyed learning about the FBI and building their leadership skills through competitive teamwork exercises (right photo). The Academy was made possible through a partnership with the Knoxville Metropolitan Drug Commission Coalition, the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association, the Knoxville Police Department, the University of Tennessee Police Department, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (left photo—students visiting Oak Ridge).
On June 14, 2012, in observance of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Awareness Month, the Little Rock FBI office welcomed FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA) board member Nancy Chu and other Addison and Peyton Lee, daughters of FBICAAA board member Bill Yee. The special guests demonstrated their culture of gift giving, offering samples of dim sum dessert custard and giving employees a brief Mandarin language lesson. Shown, above left, is Peyton Lee holding a Hong Bow gift bag. Above, right, is Nancy Chu and Peyton Yee sharing a Hong Bow red pouch with an FBI employee. The Hong Bow is normally given as a gift, and the color red is considered lucky.
On May 31, 2012, the FBI’s Denver office took part in the Special Olympics 2012 Law Enforcement Torch Run Media Day. Throughout the month of May, law enforcement officers from around the state carried Flames of Hope across Colorado, and at the end of the month, the three flames were unified into a single torch on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol. After a public ceremony, members of local, state, and federal law enforcement, along with Special Olympics athletes, completed a run along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. Participants included Denver Special Agent in Charge Jim Yacone (far right), Special Olympics athlete Kimberley (front), and several other Denver FBI employees.
On May 31, employees of the FBI’s Norfolk office celebrated Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history. Ron Villanueva (above, left), Virginia House of Delegates, spoke during the ceremony about the history of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month and his personal experiences growing up in the U.S. as a Filipino-American. Villanueva was the first Filipino-American elected to Virginia state government. Other guests included Nony Abrajano, Regional Chair of the National Federation of Filipino Associations of America, and Leo Bierneza (above, right), who performed special music. Said Norfolk Special Agent in Charge John Boles (above, middle), “Our lives are enhanced when we understand and appreciate many cultures.”
Recently, FBI New Haven Citizens Academy Alumni Association board member Jack Caldwell (shown above) delivered 200 FBI Child ID Kits to the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, CT. Since 1987, the Mercy Learning Center has been providing basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women in the greater Bridgeport area. The center’s programs focus on empowering, and providing dignity, economic self-sufficiency and hope to those who are less fortunate. Also shown here are a center volunteer helping a family fingerprint their children with the ID kit.
On April 24, 2012, Norfolk FBI Community Outreach Specialist Vanessa Torres (shown above, right) participated in a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week observance held at the 2nd Precinct of the Norfolk Police Department. During the event, held to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf, Torres handed out materials on the Bureau’s Innocent Images Initiative and the Victim Assistance Program. In attendance were approximately 100 citizens and victims’ family members, along with Virginia State Senator Yvonne B. Miller and Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory D. Underwood (also show above), who also took part in the event.
On May 15, 2012, employees from the FBI’s Little Rock office helped young patients celebrate the Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s 100th year anniversary by playing games, finding and making fingerprints, and learning about the FBI’s SWAT and Bomb Squad (and even, in the case of the young man shown above, getting to try on some of the equipment).