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Our Boston office recently helped college students gear up for fall semester by hosting its first-ever Collegiate Citizens’ Academy. More than 50 students, from colleges in Boston as well as New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine attended the day-long event, where they learned about job and internship opportunities and received an overview of the Bureau’s operational side. Guest speakers gave presentations on a variety of topics, including polygraphs, the SWAT team, hostage negotiations, bombs, and terrorism. The Boston Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association sponsored a pizza lunch for the class.
In cities across the country, FBI staff and FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni members took to the streets on 8/3/10 to participate in the 27th Annual National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” This year, FBI staff in multiple field offices, including Buffalo, Birmingham, Milwaukee, Chicago and Springfield, participated in the event, distributing Child ID Kits and other crime prevention materials. The National Night Out campaign is intended to promote neighborhood spirit and positive relationships with law enforcement, as neighborhoods come together to heighten awareness for drug and crime prevention and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and vigilant. In 2009, more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states participated in the event. At this year’s event in Birmingham, the Citizens’ Academy chapter distributed materials to more than 500 children and their families (shown above).
Youth in Birmingham visit with the FBI SWAT team.
In an effort to educate the local community on the FBI’s Civil Rights Program, our Albuquerque field office hosted a civil rights workshop on 7/7/10. Various law enforcement partners and medical/clinical personnel attended the one-day event, along with leaders from the African-American, Asian, Jewish, Native American, and Eastern European communities. Workshop topics included the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Color of Law Violations. Special Agent in Charge Carol K. (shown above) Lee welcomed the attendees and answered questions regarding Albuquerque’s Civil Rights Program. Program speakers included topic experts from the National Center for Women and Policing; Criminal Section, Civil Rights Violations, U.S. Department of Justice; Civil Rights Unit, FBI Headquarters; and the Clinic Defense & Research Section, National Abortion Federation.
On 7/20/10, FBI Community Outreach staff hosted the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) summer law fellows, part of an outreach initiative intended to identify and engage future leaders. Seven fellows from law schools across the country visited FBI Headquarters, where they met with representatives from Human Resources, toured the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center, and met with members of the Office of Public Affairs to learn about branding, social media, and the history of the FBI.
The FBI Community Outreach program signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NAACP in 2007, and since then have been working together to extend outreach to youth and college leaders. As a result of the relationship, multiple leaders have gone through the FBI’s Citizens’ Academies and CREST programs. This year’s event marks the third year that the law fellows have visited FBI Headquarters. “It’s a great opportunity for them to get a better understanding of the FBI’s efforts to assist ensuring the civil rights of citizens,” said NAACP legal support specialist Saundra Grice. “It’s important for (the fellows) to have an opportunity to talk with some of our partners, so they can further understand the issues in the civil rights community.”
Youth in Northeast Kansas City have a renewed sense of pride in their community, after hundreds of FBI employees, Citizens’ Academy Alumni, and community volunteers gathered to improve their local soccer field in an effort to strengthen ties between local residents and federal, state, and local law enforcement. Full Story.