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May 9, 2024

California County Superintendents Honored with FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

Partnership with FBI Delivered Symposiums to Enhance Campus Safety, Security on K-12 Campuses

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office honored California County Superintendents, recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for partnering with the FBI to offer school safety symposiums in 2023. The school safety symposiums were borne from the aftermath of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Each symposium setting brought law enforcement, educators, and administrators together to discuss active shooter prevention, foster dialogue, and create opportunities for collaboration to enhance school safety.

“Partnerships are the key to ensuring a safer tomorrow for all sectors in the community,” said Special Agent in Charge Siddhartha Patel of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. “Public safety is not solely a law enforcement concern. We all care about the safety and security of our communities, and we are grateful that California County Superintendents feel as passionately as we do about the power of partnership and prioritizing the safety of all students and staff on the K-12 campuses in our region.”

More than 700 law enforcement personnel, educators, and administrators attended the symposiums. In addition to fostering communication and partnership, presenters provided the most current information and best practices in active shooter threat prevention and response.

In 1990, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award was established to publicly acknowledge the achievements of those working to make a difference in their communities through the promotion of education and the prevention of crime and violence. Every year, each of the FBI’s 56 field offices selects a person or organization to receive this prestigious award.

On April 19, 2024, FBI Director Christopher Wray welcomed the 2023 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award recipients to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to honor their achievements, emphasizing the importance of community partnerships in keeping our shared communities safe. This year’s recipients were recognized for a broad range of efforts, including building bridges between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve, combatting human trafficking and providing resources to victims, and supporting local youth programs. Kindra Britt received the award on behalf of California County Superintendents at the event.

The FBI Sacramento Field Office serves 34 of California’s 58 counties. The field office’s community outreach program supports the FBI’s investigative mission by working to address multiple interrelated societal problems, including crime, drugs, gangs, terrorism, and violence. Linking community service, prevention, and law enforcement is a national trend spurred by grass roots efforts around the country, and FBI employees have joined this movement, volunteering in a wide variety of community-related efforts.