FBI, This Week: Strong Community Partnerships Help Las Vegas Heal


November 3, 2017

More than a month after the largest mass shooting in modern history, the Las Vegas FBI Field Office credits community partnerships for helping the healing process.


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Mollie Halpern: More than a month after the largest mass shooting in modern history, the Las Vegas FBI Field Office credits community partnerships for helping the healing process.

Community partnerships even aided in the investigation, as local businesses donated advertising space to direct the public how to report information to the FBI—bringing in thousands of tips.

Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse says Las Vegas is a resilient city.

Aaron Rouse: When you look at how Vegas responded to this crisis, it showed to the rest of the world that we’re Vegas Strong. It’s more than just a trite saying. Vegas Strong embodies the partnerships that we always knew were there and we had hoped were as strong as they ultimately turned out to be.

Halpern: Alumni from FBI Citizens Academies across the country volunteered to bring meals to victims in hospitals and first responders on the scene.

Alumni also helped return property to the concertgoers of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

FBI Citizens Academy programs provide the public with an inside look at the FBI.

Rouse: When the chips are down for this country, you’ll see the Citizens Academy Alumni Associations, you’ll see other civic groups that will step up to the plate to do the little things that mean so much to everyone. Those things meant so much to the victims of this horrendous crime, and it meant a lot to the law enforcement.

Halpern: Partnerships also involve cooperation among law enforcement agencies to share resources and expertise.

Rouse: Utilizing these awesome partnerships that we have in this community—in the law enforcement side and in the community side—we’re going to get to the place where we can all feel like we have done the very best job possible and provide that measure of closure to this community.

Halpern: To learn more about the FBI Citizens Academy program, contact your local FBI field office or visit fbi.gov.

With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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