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Cincinnati

Visit by a Special Agent

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the FBI Community Outreach Program has recognized recent outreach efforts by our Cincinnati office, including a visit by a Special Agent (shown above) and a Community Outreach Specialist with 40 students at the Su Casa Hispanic Center to promote healthy eating and good study habits. The students, many of whom use Spanish as their primary language, were participating in a 10-week summer program to increase academic achievement. “The Cincinnati FBI office is doing an amazing job outreaching to diverse populations, not only through its quarterly Multicultural Advisory Committee meetings, but also through the FBI Citizens’ Academy,” said Su Casa Executive Director Giovanna Alvarez, a recent graduate of the Citizens’ Academy. “They are undertaking tremendous efforts to increase their participation in community events where they try to include all segments of the population and create reciprocal collaboration." Su Casa was founded in 1997 in response to an increase in the number of immigrants from Mexico and the rest of Latin America arriving in the Cincinnati area.

Two of the young students at the Su Casa Hispanic Center enjoying the FBI’s visit.

 

Newark

FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) event held at a Sikh temple in New Jersey

FBI intelligence analyst JD Narula spoke recently at an FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) event held at a Sikh temple in New Jersey. More than 55 youth and 10 temple leaders attended the event, which included presentations on FBI operations, hate crimes, recruitment, the Evidence Response Team, K-9 units, counterintelligence, and agent self-defense tactics.


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This fall, the FBI National Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA) will launch its first-ever FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) programs focused on cultural understanding and racial healing. The Alumni Association was recently awarded a $40,000 grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to conduct 16 events, which will be held over the next four years in cities across the country. “We are excited for our Citizens’ Academy Alumni members to receive this recognition,” said FBI Community Outreach Unit Chief Brett Hovington. “At the FBI, one of the most powerful weapons we have is the trust and understanding of our citizens, and these CREST programs go a long way in fostering relationships between law enforcement and local communities.”

The CREST program serves as a means to exchange information between the FBINCAAA, FBI, and participating communities. The project is intended to be a catalyst for improving the quality of life within the individual communities through law enforcement-related and awareness programs. It also will serve to improve the exchange of information between the FBI and the communities it serves, as well as identify cultural and safety issues affecting specific communities and develop proactive initiatives to address crime problems that are identified. The program will reach a multitude of diverse neighborhoods and ethnic communities, including outreach to the African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Muslim communities.

In an effort to address the devastating impact of racial inequities, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently launched a five-year, $75 million initiative—America Healing—that aims to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and their families by promoting racial healing and eliminating barriers to opportunities. The grant awarded to the FBI National Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association for the CREST programs was one of 119 awarded by Kellogg. Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, southern Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Knoxville

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On 09/1/10, while preparing for our Knoxville office’s move into its new space and in support of the FBI’s Surplus Property Program—an initiative developed to provide non-profits with surplus property—Knoxville donated several items to South Doyle High School, including computer monitors and some furniture items. Additionally, the Knoxville office has a partnership with that high school’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) unit, and it provides all its used toner cartridges to the school as well.  Shown here is ROTC Lt. Bill Woodcock and Knoxville public affairs specialist Stacie Bohanan.

Las Vegas

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As students head back to school, our Las Vegas Community Outreach Program is working to help school administrators keep kids safe online. On 8/19/10, the Las Vegas Division held its first Cyber Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (or CREST) for school administrators and educators. The program focused on cyber crime and identity theft and also gave participants the tools they need to protect children. One presentation focused on how the FBI investigates and prosecutes crimes against children. Another highlighted our CART (Computer Analysis & Response Team) and shared items that criminals use to hide child pornography and other illegal data. "They gave us some very good ideas on things schools need to start watching for,"said David Flatt, Treasurer for the Nevada Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). The CREST also included a presentation on the Safe Online Surfing program—a free national Internet safety program designed to teach elementary and middle school students how to use the Internet wisely. Through the program, students compete for national recognition and trophies which are presented to winning schools on a monthly basis.

On 8/20/2010, the day after the Cyber CREST, members of our Las Vegas Community Outreach Program were at it again, this time presenting a Safe Online Surfing briefing at the Nevada PTA annual Summer Leadership Training for the presidents and treasurers of southern Nevada PTAs.

Philadelphia

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Our Philadelphia office’s Community Outreach Program recently hosted its 10th annual Youth Academy, where more than 50 high school students attending the one-day event learned about the Bureau’s people and programs. After hearing about job and internship opportunities, students received briefings on Internet safety, our Evidence Response Team, and FBI efforts to counter threats from weapons of mass destruction, foreign counterintelligence, and narcotics.

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).

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