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:
On 12/28/13 Heath White, a special agent from the FBI Miami Division, and Gabby Conklin, a self advocate with cerebral palsy from Nashville, met in Little Rock for the inaugural running of the 3 Bridges Marathon. Despite frigid temperatures, Heath and Gabby joined approximately 400 other runners on the 26.2-mile course that traversed the Big Dam Bridge, the Two Rivers Bridge, and the Clinton Presidential Bridge. The team first ran the Marine Corps Marathon together in October, finishing in 3:02, which qualified them to compete in the Boston Marathon in 2015. Gabby and Heath met through ESPN, who covered them in separate stories.
Christina daughter of COS Maria Hoskins, stopped by runners registration site to cheer Heath and Gabby on before the race.
Each year the Rotary Club sponsors two international students from various parts of the world to come to learn about Arkansas and the United States of America. This year’s exchange program hosted two students from Czech Republic. The students toured the Little Rock Field office and learned about FBI employment, ERT, photography, and concluded with a tour of the gun vault.
COS Hoskins with students and Rotary Club host.
SAC Howard Marshall, acting special agent in charge of the FBI for Arkansas, announced Kareem Moody as the 2013 Arkansas recipient for the Directors Community Leadership Award, during a ceremony Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Little Rock Field Office. The FBI annually recognizes an organization or individual from each of its 56 field offices for achievements in fighting terrorism, crime activity and preventing violence. Moody has served as coordinator of Little Rock’s Youth Initiative Project and program director for Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids. Kareem is currently the Director of the Network for Student Success at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Photo left to right: Jason McGehee, Office of Congressman Griffin; William Rockefeller, Office of Senator John Boozman; Joe Chacko, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Assoc. (FBICAAA) Board Member; Doris Anderson, FBICAAA; Kareem Moody; Jerry Hood, FBICAAA; SAC Howard Marshall; ASAC James Hendricks
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR hosted an FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) program on February 26, 2014. The program was attended by approximately 80 ASU student enrolled in the ASU ELS program. The presentation was a general overview of the FBI, FBI Community Outreach Program, The Role of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Role of the ASU Campus Police.
ASU Int’l student having fun moment with COS Hoskins
COS Hoskins; Nakeli Hendrix, ASU Immigration Specialist; Jake and U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer
The Little Rock Field Office participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration 2014, held on Monday, January 29th, in Conway, Arkansas. This year’s theme was “From his Dream ....to our Destiny.” The event was attended by representatives from the community, education, politics, business, non-profits, religious leaders, students and special needs community. Guest Speakers included: Mayor Tab Townsell, Pastor Carlos Kelly, Pastor Phillip Pointer Sr., and event coordinator, Jeffrey Moncrease.
Photo: Event Coordinator Jeffery Moncrease and COS Maria Hoskins
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.