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Milwaukee Community Outreach

Milwaukee Community Outreach

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Milwaukee, 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:

  • Director’s Community Leadership Award: Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Shields has announced the selection of Claudine O’Leary as the 2013 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Ms. O’Leary is a survivor of human trafficking and founder of Rethink Resources, a Milwaukee-based resource for victims of human trafficking.
  • FBI Citizens Academy: Each year in fall, the FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy brings together a cross section of 20 community leaders to learn firsthand about our operations and programs, not only demystifying our work but creating new contacts and channels for working together and sharing information. Our next Citizens Academy will begin in September 2014.

    Applications must be submitted electronically. Due to high demand, the selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. The application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

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  • 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.

Visit our national In Your Community website for more information about our overall outreach efforts and our work in other local FBI offices.