Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST)

Agent Pamela Kirchner and SSA James Welch at Philadephia CREST
Special Agent Pamela Kirchner of our Philadelphia field office (second from right) conducts a fingerprinting exercise for local Arab Americans during a CREST presentation, as Supervisory Special Agent James Welch (far right) looks on.

The FBI CREST is a shorter, more focused version of the Citizens’ Academy, conducted in partnership with a community group at an offsite location. Students learn about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI, but the sessions are customized to meet the needs of each organization.

CREST serves as a means to exchange information between the FBI and the participating communities. Through this exchange, criminal problems affecting communities will be identified and addressed. Any two of the topics below can be selected.

  • Counterterrorism
  • Foreign Counterintelligence
  • Cyber Crime
  • Public Corruption
  • Major Thefts/Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crime Program
  • Civil Rights
  • Recruitment and Hiring
FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders

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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