FBI Little Rock
Public Affairs Officer Jessica Franklin
June 29, 2021

Dr. Rajesh Nayak Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) James Dawson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Little Rock Field Office is pleased to announce the 2020 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. Rajesh Nayak, a valued member of the FBI Little Rock InfraGard group.

“Dr. Nayak’s work in promoting FBI partnerships within our community is outstanding,” said SAC Dawson. “As an FBI ambassador in Arkansas, his ability to educate businesses, organizations, and neighbors on the multitude of threats we work helps protect our state. FBI Little Rock cannot fulfill our mission of protecting the American people without Arkansans like Dr. Nayak.”

Dr. Nayak’s tireless work with FBI Little Rock’s InfraGard program actively encourages the sharing of cyber-threat information with community and business leaders. The information he circulates in Arkansas educates and protects numerous businesses, hospitals, and schools from malicious cyber actors. Additionally, Dr. Nayak’s informed articulation of the threats Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) pose encourages businesses and private organizations to contact FBI Little Rock for targeted briefings.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be the recipient of the FBI’s DCLA award,” said Dr. Nayak. “As President Roosevelt once stated, ‘This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.’ I share this recognition with the FBI Little Rock Field Office staff and members of the FBI Citizens Academy. They work tirelessly with the community groups, businesses, and the public to disseminate critical infrastructure threat information— thereby protecting Americans and safeguarding our way of life. I am exceptionally gratified working with these honorable men and women who strive every day to make our community a better and safer place to live.”

The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award was formally created in 1990 to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in the United States. Every year, FBI field offices throughout the country select a community partner to receive the prestigious award. Last year’s Arkansas recipient was Sophia Said, an advocate for hate crime and terrorism education throughout law enforcement organizations and within various communities.

FBI Little Rock congratulates Dr. Rajesh Nayak and thanks him for his work in protecting our Arkansas communities.

Dr. Rajesh Nayak Little Rock DCLA