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Community Partnerships

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Why we’re good partners:

The FBI is a strong contributor to community partnerships because, as a federal agency with national and international reach, we bring our own special resources, intelligence, and expertise to the table. For example:

  • Our investigations—often partnered in task forces with your local police, sheriffs, and other law enforcement agencies—into gangs, terrorism, drug trafficking, civil rights, fugitives, cyber crimes, and other crimes keep us on the leading edge of knowing what dangers threaten your community.
  • Our partnerships with local companies and institutions to protect locally against economic espionage and acts of terrorism.
  • Our assistance to victims of crimes in your area provides a lifeline to people who have been hurt.
  • Our statistical research of Crime in the U.S. tracks crime incidence and trends in your geographical location.
  • Our research and expertise in special areas help defend against specific community problems: issues like missing and exploited children, school shootings, and violence in the workplace.

How we use our resources to make a difference in your community:

To use our expertise and our resources in proactive ways to protect communities, families, and children, we partner in the following FBI and other national programs:

1. Infragard: information sharing between private industry and government on critical national infrastructures.

2. Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships, our counterintelligence protection program: information sharing between private industry, academic, and government on national threats and warnings.

3. Minority organizations, to include NAACP, the League of United Latin-American Citizens, the FBI Arab, Muslim and Sikh Advisory Council, and many local organizations.

4. Family-centered organizations, to include Boys and Girls Clubs of America, National Family Partnership and the Red Ribbon Campaign, the Race Against Drugs, and many local organizations.

In the end, it’s all about people-to-people.

We’d like you to know about the very human aspect of our programs. We have community outreach coordinators in each of our 56 field offices who:

  • Arrange and staff Adopt-a-School programs that put volunteer agents and staff members inside classrooms to mentor and tutor “at risk” kids.
  • Arrange and staff Citizens’ Academies that bring community leaders into the field office to learn firsthand about FBI operations and programs.
  • Meet with local educators, minority groups, and organizations to talk about what the FBI can do with them and for them.
  • Serve on committees and boards for businesses, schools, community groups, social and health services.
  • And, as often as not, find themselves at sports matches at the end of the day cheering on their Adopt-a-School team.
FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on May 1, 2015, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2014 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2014 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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