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Buffalo Community Outreach

Buffalo Community Outreach

Buffalo, 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.

The program deals with multiple interrelated societal problems in support of the FBI’s investigative mission. It works to build relationships in the community and to share information about the overall mission of the FBI, with the goal of reducing incidents of crime and terrorism.

Youth Outreach

2014 FBI Buffalo Youth Academy

In early 2014, the Buffalo Division of the FBI held an FBI Safe Streets Task Force Youth Academy at the Belle Center in Buffalo, New York. The Youth Academy promotes positive relationships between youth and law enforcement agencies, provides leadership development skills, exposes children to career opportunities within law enforcement, and helps divert young people from gangs, drugs, and crime. The students—some of whom are pictured above talking with an FBI agent—received certificates upon graduating from the program.

FBI-SOS Internet Challenge

The FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge is a free, educational, fun online program that promotes cyber citizenship and teaches students in 3rd through 8th grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers. Sponsored and managed by the FBI, the program provides vital Internet safety guidance in an interesting, competitive format. Learn more here.

Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is a stimulating program that provides business, religious, civic, news media, and community leaders with an inside look at the FBI. Participants gain insight into the structure and operation of an FBI field office; learn the legal basis for the FBI’s jurisdiction and issues relating to congressional oversight; and hear about the services that the men and women of the FBI provide to local and state law enforcement agencies.

More than 550 individuals from throughout Western New York have graduated from the FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy so far. The next FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy will take place in Buffalo during the fall of 2016.

Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST)

The CREST program is conducted in partnership with a community group at a location of its choosing. It exposes community leaders to the FBI, our people, and our operations while building mutual trust and goodwill. The CREST curriculum instructs students about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI. It is customized to meet the needs of each organization. Any two to four of the following topics may be selected:

  • Counterterrorism
  • Foreign Counterintelligence
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Public Corruption
  • Major Thefts/Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crime
  • Civil Rights
  • Gangs
  • Drugs
  • Civil Rights
  • Recruitment and Hiring

Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA)

Every year, each special agent in charge across the nation selects and publicly recognizes one individual or organization whose achievements in the area of terrorism, crime, drug, gang, or violence prevention and/or education have had a positive impact on the community.

  • In 2014, the Buffalo Division recognized Paul Wietig, EdD, University at Buffalo (UB) Assistant Vice President for the Office of Interprofessional Education.
  • In 2013, the Buffalo Division recognized Gary Mervis, a community leader who has chaired the Project Exile Advisory Board in Rochester, New York since its implementation in 1998.
  • In 2012, the Buffalo Division recognized Nestor Hernandez, former executive director of the Belle Center and current associate vice president of People, Inc.

Continuing Initiatives

  • Meet with minority groups and civic organizations to discuss partnerships and FBI community events
  • Partner with local organizations to host town hall meetings to dialogue on key issues
  • FBI special agents and professional staff visit schools, businesses, faith-based organizations, and civic events to discuss emerging crime threats and to provide specific advice on how to prevent being victimized
  • Support the Buffalo Citizens Academy Alumni Association, which assists the FBI to promote a safe community by educating business, media, minority, religious, government, and other community leaders
  • Collaborate on various youth-based programming initiatives

Public Speakers

We offer public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the FBI’s investigative mission. All requests for speakers must be submitted online.

Please note: FBI Buffalo requires six weeks’ advance notice for all requests for speakers. All requests are subject to availability.

Visit our national In Your Community website for more information about our overall outreach efforts and our work in other local FBI offices.