New Orleans Community Outreach
New Orleans Community Outreach
New Orleans, like each of the FBI’s 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:
- From New Orleans to Baton Rouge and throughout the state, the 2012 National Night Out Against Crime events were a success for the division. Citizens turned out at community events to support the fight against crime and to support law enforcement efforts.
- Through our Citizens Academy, the New Orleans Division has increased public awareness about the FBI, its mission, and its activities and has created partnerships with community, civic, religious, and business leaders. Since the launch of the New Orleans Citizens Academy, more than 450 community leaders have successfully completed the training.
- Promoting the National Child ID program and the FBI’s long partnership with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) is a continued goal of our division. Each year, we coordinate community outreach events to distribute thousands of Child ID kits to concerned parents, teachers, and children. Some recent venues the office has participated in include: Congressman Cao’s Health Care Initiative and National Night Out Against Crime venues across Louisiana.
- Our most recent Director’s Community Leadership Award recipient was Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III, founder of the Son of a Saint non-profit organization and a mentor to fatherless young men.
- A team of FBI New Orleans employees participated in the NFL’s Super Saturday of Service, held the day before the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, during which five playgrounds were improved and refurbished by teams of volunteers. In the photo below, Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson (center) joins other New Orleans FBI employees in proudly showing the playground picnic set they built at Pontchartrain Park, located near FBI New Orleans headquarters. It was the first time the NFL joined a Super Bowl host city in such a volunteer endeavor.
Among our other ongoing efforts:
- The New Orleans Multi-Cultural Advisory Council (MCAC) consists of New Orleans business, civic, religious and community leaders from various cultural disciplines. The New Orleans Division Executive Management attends all MCAC meetings to promote partnerships and dialogue with community leaders. An essential element of the MCAC is to afford minority groups and civic organizations the opportunity 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.
- Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson has met with community leaders and watch-groups to encourage citizens to step forward to report crime and to serve as witnesses in court.
- Our investigators liaison with schools, businesses, and civic organizations to explain emerging crime and security threats and to provide specific advice on how to prevent being victimized by these threats.
- In coordination with the New Orleans Division, our FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBICAAA) supports the FBI and participates in local crime prevention programs and other initiatives that benefit communities. The New Orleans FBICAAA has helped the division distribute child ID kits at community events to promote child safety.
- Our Community Outreach Program continues to participate on local committees and boards for businesses, schools, community groups, and social and health services that launch drives to bring food, gifts, and toys to the less fortunate during the holidays and other times of the year.
- Special agents and professional support staff work to mentor and tutor at-risk youths through programs such as Adopt-A-School, Principal for a Day, and other youth based initiatives. Our office recently participated in the Law Enforcement Day at the Dryades New Orleans YMCA. Students interacted with FBI staff to learn more about the FBI’s SWAT program, Evidence Response Team, and Community Outreach Program.
Visit our national In Your Community website for more information about our overall outreach efforts and our work in other local FBI offices.