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San Diego Community Outreach

schoolpic3.jpgSan Diego, 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:

  • Our Citizens’ Academy brings together a cross section of 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. We plan to begin our next Citizens’ Academy in the fall.
  • In 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Award program was launched to recognize individuals or organizations that have had a positive impact in our community. Over the last few years, the award has gained significant importance and prestige, with the Director of the FBI personally making this presentation to those who have made an impact in the areas of crime reduction, drug deterrence, and other public safety and security initiatives. Our most recent recipient was Ahmed Idlle, a Somali community leader and founder of San Diego Youth Athletics, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the area’s young people through education and sports.

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;
  • Participating in “Red Ribbon Week,” which educates kids and adults alike on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and encourages them to wear red ribbons as a sign of their commitment to stay drug free;
  • Partnering with the American Football Coaches Association and its National Child Identification Program to distribute 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.