Little Rock Community Outreach
Little Rock Community Outreach
Little Rock, 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.
Our recent activities include:
In October 2013, the Little Rock Field Office participated in Community Helpers Day at Fair Park Early Childhood Center. Students learned about how the FBI operates in the community and participated in a handcuffing demonstration, sat in a SWAT vehicle, and were allowed to try on and hold ballistic vests, helmets, shields, and battering rams.
The Little Rock Field Office hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month Diversity Awareness program on September 17, 2013. Guest speakers for the event included: Lupe Pena Madison and Maria Guadalupe Touchstone. Lupe is employed with the Little Rock School District as an ESL instructor. Lupe shared a story of her family's transition from Mexico to the United States. Maria is employed with the North Little Rock School District and is the Associate Director for Seis Puentes (Six Bridges), a Hispanic outreach center. The Hispanic Awareness Month program was hosted by FBI Little Rock Citizens Academy Alumni Association board members Lisette Yang and Charles Cervantes. Following the program, FBI employees enjoyed delicious authentic pan dulce (Mexican pastry), Tex-Mex sopa (spicy Tex-Mex soup), and Jamaica water (tea made of dried Jamaica flower.)
Lupe Pena Madison, SAC Randall Coleman, Maria Touchstone, Charles Cervantes, and Lisette Yang
SAC Randall Coleman and Lupe Pena Madison
The FBI Little Rock Citizens Academy Alumni Association participated in the Xtraordinary Minds second annual back to school event. The purpose of the Back to School Kids Expo is to:
- Increase health awareness by providing health demonstrations, activities, materials, and information;
- Motivate participants to make positive health behavior changes;
- Increase awareness about how to play and stay safe by providing materials, information, activities, and demonstrations; Darla Bryan, FBILRCAAA member, distributed FBI child safety information, to include the FBI Child ID App brochures, FBI activity booklets, and Safe Online Surfing flyers.
FBI Little Rock Citizens Academy Alumni Association member Darla Bryant, pictured with Ronald McDonald at the Xtraordinary Minds Inc. Back to School Kids Expo, held at the Awareness Center International, Little Rock, Arkansas.
The LRFO participated by distributing FBI Child ID Kits, FBI Child ID App brochures, Safe Online Surfing flyers, and Internet safety information.
Chief Ed Deveau shared information with law enforcement officers during his recent visit to Little Rock regarding events following the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Photo left to right: Chief Ed Deveau, Watertown, MA Police Department; COS Maria Hoskins; and AR Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
November 20, 2013, the University of Central Arkansas, located in Conway, Arkansas hosted a FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) Program for attending International students. Topics presented at the CREST program included: The Role of the FBI in Arkansas, Role of the U.S. Attorney’s office and UCA Campus Security. The CREST program provided an opportunity for students to have an open discussion about FBI Employment, Civil Rights, Traffic Ticket issues and other topics of interest.
Photo: COS Hoskins with UCA International Student Coordinator and students.
The Little Rock Field Office North West Arkansas, FBI Citizens Academy class participants had a great time learning how to gather fingerprints during a ERT exercise.
Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA):
The FBI recognizes the achievements of individuals or organizations in the community who provide outstanding service by presenting the annual Director’s Community Leadership Award. This award is given to those who are actively involved in drug, gang, crime, and violence education and prevention. Our 2012 recipient was Joyce Mosley Raynor, founder and executive director of the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits in Little Rock.
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 dialogue on key issues;
- Sending our special agents and others from the FBI 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;
- Supporting the graduates of our Citizens Academies, who often band together in local alumni chapters to create crime prevention programs and other initiatives that benefit communities;
- 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;
- Encouraging citizens to step forward to report crime and serve as witnesses in court;
- Distributing Child ID kits at football games and other events; and
- Hosting Adopt-A-School programs that put volunteer agents and staff members inside classrooms to mentor and tutor “at risk” kids.
Visit our national In Your Community website for more information about our overall outreach efforts and our work in other local FBI offices.