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FBI Honors Salt Lake Area Gang Project with Prestigious Award Gang Project Receives Director’s Community Leadership Award

FBI Salt Lake City December 08, 2009
  • FBI Salt Lake City Press Office

Media invited to attend presentation and conduct interviews

When: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Where: FBI Offices, 257 East 200 South #1200
Time: 1:00 p.m.

For nearly 20 years, the Salt Lake Area Gang Project has apprehended dangerous criminals, helped gang members find a way out, and educated the public about gang activity. For these and many other accomplishments, Acting Special Agent in Charge Ken Porter is pleased to announce the Salt Lake Area Gang Project is this year’s recipient of the Director’s Community Leadership Award for the FBI Salt Lake City Field Office.

The Director’s Community Leadership Award is one way FBI special agents in charge thank individuals or organizations for their tremendous efforts. Created in 1990, this special award is presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI because the organization depends on people, like the officers assigned to the Salt Lake Area Gang Project, to help fight crime in America.

Some of the Salt Lake Area Gang Project’s accomplishments include:

  • The Public Enemy #1 program is an example of how law enforcement, the media, and the community can work together to capture wanted fugitives. The program features subjects of criminal investigations and solicits tips from the public. The majority of the featured fugitives have been apprehended.
  • The Utah Gang Conference is the second largest of its kind in the west and accommodates some 900 attendees. Participants receive more than a dozen hours of training from subject matter experts.
  • Gang detectives have delivered hundreds of presentations, to thousands of people, about gangs and gang-related activities.
  • Detectives work with counselors, educators, court and law enforcement personnel to identify at-risk youth, develop corrective action plans, and monitor compliance at school and home.
  • The tattoo removal program teams up with doctors and staff at the University of Utah Hospital to help former gang members erase the visible signs of their pasts.

On Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge Doug Ziser will present the Director’s Community Leadership Award to Lieutenant Steve Anjewierden of the Salt Lake Area Gang Project. Media is invited to attend. Please sign-in at the 12th floor reception desk.

To learn more about the Salt Lake Area Gang Project and the agencies that participate, visit the website http://www.slsheriff.org/lawenforcement/investigations/metrogang/index.html.