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San Antonio Community Outreach

San Antonio, like each of the FBI’s local field offices, has a community outreach program to complement and strengthen 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:

  • Each year we recognize a community leader as part of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). The 2013 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award was Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. for their work providing culturally sensitive programs, bilingual services, and care for San Antonio families for 72 years.
  • Our Citizens’ Academy brings together community leaders to learn about the FBI’s mission, policies, programs, and procedures through presentations and hands-on exercises designed to demystify our work and create new contacts and channels for working together and sharing information. To nominate an individual for an upcoming session, contact Community Outreach Specialist Sandra Mae Garcia at (210) 650-6486 or at sandra.garcia@ic.fbi.gov.
  • We participate annually in an FBI Financial Institution Crime Day, which is attended by more than 125 representatives from the banking and law enforcement communities. This seminar provides an annual forum to promote cooperation and to share updates on fraud prevention.
  • During the school year, professional support employees and agents volunteer as speakers at local schools, participating in career days and other activities to share information about the FBI and its job opportunities and to promote staying in school.
  • We participate regularly with the Special Olympics Texas, including the annual “Bowling for Badges” event and the Law Enforcement Torch Run “Tip a Cop” event.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

  • Meeting with minority and civic groups to discuss what the FBI can do to address their needs;
  • Sending our special agents and other personnel to speak at schools, businesses, and civic meetings to explain emerging crime and security threats and how to prevent being victimized;
  • Serving on committees for businesses, schools, and social service groups to help with food, toy, and blood drives that help the less fortunate during the holidays and in other times of need;
  • Every spring, serving as judges for the Karate Kids of America’s annual “Just Say No to Drugs, Alcohol and Gangs Letter Writing Contest,” and participating in recognition events at San Fernando Cathedral and during meetings with the Mayor of San Antonio, the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court, and the Governor of Texas;
  • Participating each year in the “National Night Out Against Crime;”
  • Participating each year in “Red Ribbon Week,” a national program that helps educate kids and adults on the dangers of drug abuse and to promote the commitment to a drug free life;
  • Partnering with the American Football Coaches Association and its National Child Identification Program to distribute Child ID kits at football games and other events;
  • Encouraging students to become more aware of cyber safety through FBI Safe Online Surfing (SOS) contests; and
  • Coordinating Adopt-A-School programs that put volunteer special agents and other employees 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.