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Chicago Community Outreach

Chicago, like each of the FBI’s local field offices, has a community outreach program that complements and strengthens our many efforts to protect you, your businesses, and your families in concrete ways through a range of activities and initiatives. These activities build bridges of trust and communication with our citizenrosss and show the public how the FBI is a resource for their community programs.

Our recent activities include:

  • On March 15, 2014, dozens of Chicago FBI special agents and Chicago police officers faced off for the third annual Law Enforcement Hockey Classic. The FBI Agents Association and Chicago Fraternal Order of Police worked with the event’s host, Honor Flight Chicago (HFC), to coordinate the game, which was played before a sell-out crowd of 2,500 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. HFC honors Chicago-area World War II veterans by flying them to Washington, D.C. for a day of reflection at the National World War II Memorial, at no cost to the veterans. There are an estimated 22,000 WWII veterans in the Chicago area, and, since its inception six years ago, HFC has flown nearly 5,000 of them to Washington D.C.
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Agents and officers played hard on the ice to raise funds for the non-profit group
Honor Flight Chicago.
  • On January 14, 2014, the Chicago Division presented the 2013 annual Director’s Community Leadership Award to Christopher W. Helt. He received this award for playing an instrumental role in establishing the division’s Explorer Post. Formally known as the Edwin C. Shanahan Memorial Post #1920, this program provides an opportunity for approximately 30 local high school students to engage with special agents and other FBI personnel to develop leadership, teamwork, discipline, and socialization skills while learning more about a possible future law enforcement career. Mr. Helt has been a dedicated supporter of the Post since its inception. He serves as a member of the Post’s Board of Directors, he obtained non-profit status for the Post, and he has led fundraising efforts to benefit the Post. In addition, he has used his position as a community leader to recruit others to support the Post and has raised awareness of the Post through social media. Mr. Helt is also a 2011 graduate of the Chicago FBI Citizens Academy.
  • Several Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) programs have been held in our area of responsibility. The CREST program is a shorter, more focused version of the Citizens’ Academy—in partnership with a community group. The CREST offers many of the same advantages as the Citizens’ Academy, such as exposing community leaders to our personnel and operations, while building mutual trust and goodwill. The curriculum focuses on our mission, goals, history, and internal workings, but is customized to meet an organization’s needs. The group chooses the class location and may select two to four of the following topics: counterterrorism, financial crimes, cyber crime, public corruption, violent crimes, white collar crime, civil rights, gangs, drugs, recruitment and hiring, or evidence response.
    —The Chicago FBI CREST program continued to expand its boundaries by making its first presentation to the Polish-American community. On October 20, 2011, several agents gave representatives from various Polish-American groups and local media outlets an inside look at what we do. Topics included Bureau domestic and international operations, foreign language services, counterterrorism, and civil rights violations….including hate crimes, color of law crimes, and human trafficking.
     
  • Youth Program: In October 2011, the Chicago FBI participated in an event sponsored by the Three Fires Council, Boys Scouts of America. Held every three years, the “Camperall” in Sandwich, IL, featured a weekend camping trip and presentations by FBI representatives, including three SWAT agents who demonstrated their field gear. Community Outreach Specialist Diana Carbonara also answered questions from some of the approximately 5,000 scouts and leaders.

    Some of the younger Scouts get a close-up look at FBI tactical equipment.

    Some of the younger Scouts get a close-up look at FBI tactical equipment.

    Albuquerque agent shows two Scouts another piece of tactical equipment, community outreach

    Chicago agent shows two Scouts another piece of tactical equipment.

  • The Chicago Division’s SWAT, Mobile Command, and Community Outreach Program recently participated in Berwyn’s 26th annual National Night Out festivities. Chicago personnel displayed special weapons, demonstrated special tactics, provided tours of the Mobile Command Post, handed out Child ID Kits, and more.

Outreach Efforts on FBI Child ID Mobile App

On November 15, 2011, representatives from the Chicago FBI office introduced the FBI’s first mobile phone application to fans attending the Northern Illinois-Ball State football game at Huskies Stadium in DeKalb, IL. Agents from the Rockford resident agency and Chicago Community Outreach Specialist Diane Carbonara gave demonstrations on how the phone app works. Pictures of the app were also shown on the stadium jumbotron while a public service announcement was read over the loudspeakers photo.

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Bureau employees give instructions on how to download the FBI’s Child ID
app from iTunes and also handed out paper Child ID kits.


It’s hard to compete for basketball fans’ attention when the Chicago Bulls are playing, but the FBI’s new Child ID app got its fair share of the spotlight during the team’s 2/18/12 home game. Just before tipoff, the app for iPhone users was featured on the United Center’s jumbotron as the game announcer read a public service announcement about the ID program. And on the concourse, representatives of the Chicago FBI and Chicago Police Department’s “Crimes against Children” Joint Task force demonstrated for the public how the app works on an iPad. FBI Special Agent Nikkole E. Robertson was joined by Chicago Police Officers Traci Walker, Khin Kung, Lisa Wallace, and Daniel Rodriguez for the community outreach event. In addition to answering questions about the Child ID app, the law enforcement officers handed out paper Child ID kits.

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Youngsters see the FBI Child ID Mobile App in action.


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The Bull’s jumbotron featured the our mobile app during the game.


Among our other ongoing efforts:

  • Meeting with minority groups and civic organizations to talk about what the FBI can do with them and for them and hosting town hall meetings as needed to discuss key issues;
  • Supporting our Citizens’ Academies graduates, who have created an FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association to help create crime prevention programs and other initiatives that benefit communities in Northern Illinois;
  • Encouraging citizens to step forward to report crime and serve as witnesses in court;
  • Participating in InfraGard, a national information-sharing and analysis program that partners the FBI with private industry, academia, and state and local law enforcement to share intelligence that protects our nation’s critical infrastructure;
  • Sending our special agents and other personnel into schools, businesses, and civic meetings to explain emerging crime and security threats and to provide specific advice on how to prevent being victimized by these threats;
  • Serving on committees and boards for businesses, schools, community groups, and social and health services and launching drives to bring food, gifts, and toys to the less fortunate during the holidays and other times of the year;
  • Partnering with the American Football Coaches Association and its National Child Identification Program to distribute Child ID kits at football games and other events; and
  • Encouraging students to become more aware of cyber safety.

Public Speakers

We offer public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the FBI’s investigative mission. Requests for speakers should be made in writing and sent to:

FBI Chicago
Attn: Speakers Coordinator, Special Agent Joan Hyde
2111 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608

To enable us to process your request, please provide the following information:

  • Date, time, and place of presentation;
  • Approximate length of presentation;
  • Specific topic(s) you wish addressed;
  • Intended audience (industry, general public, students, etc.);
  • Deadline for response;
  • Address to send response; and
  • Contact name and telephone number to obtain additional information.

Please note that we require one month’s advance notice for requests for speakers and that all requests are subject to availability.

Contact

To learn more about our community efforts, please contact: