Las Vegas Community Outreach
Las Vegas, 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, to include the FBI Citizens Academy, the Director’s Community Leadership Award, the Adopt-a-School and FBI Junior Special Agent programs, FBI Teen Academies, and ethnic and minority cultural events.
Citizens Academy Nomination/Application Information
Applications and nominations for the 2015 FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy are now being accepted. Classes will begin in the spring of 2015 and will be held one evening each week for eight weeks. Nomination forms may be submitted by present or former FBI employees and Citizens Academy graduates. Self-nominated individuals may submit an application and specify their nomination status where prompted. For detailed information, including candidate criteria and links to forms, please visit the following page:
Our activities include:
Celebrando Hispanic Cultural Festival of Las Vegas
In June, the Celebrando Hispanic Cultural Festival was held at the Clark County, Nevada Amphitheater. FBI Las Vegas Division personnel partnered with scouts and parents from Troop #717 to provide crime prevention literature and fingerprinting/DNA services to the Hispanic community.
Since the group lacked workers who were fluent in Spanish, FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni members who were fluent in Spanish were ready to assist and able to explain the importance of the procedure to parents who spoke little or no English. Joe Cortez (2004 Citizens Academy graduate), Otto Merida (2012 Citizens Academy graduate), and Lupe Alba (2014 Citizens Academy graduate) reassured parents and encouraged children to participate, bringing the total number of children fingerprinted to 119.
FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy
Each year, 20 business, religious, civic, and community leaders are chosen to attend the annual FBI Citizens Academy. The program is designed to bring together a diverse group of community leaders and give them an inside look of the FBI’s work in Las Vegas and around the world. The goal is to foster a greater understanding of the Bureau’s role in the community and to open lines of communication between the FBI and those it serves. The Las Vegas Division hosts a Citizens Academy program annually, each spring. There are eight evening sessions. Participants receive presentations on international and domestic terrorism, counterespionage, civil rights, cyber crimes, violent crimes, organized criminal enterprises, and legal matters. During range night, participants have a chance to meet and hear from members of the FBI SWAT team and fire weapons used by FBI special agents.
|Graduates of the 2014 FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy|
In April, the Las Vegas Division graduated 19 members of the 11th annual FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy. The graduation ceremony was held at the Texas Station Resort and Casino. It was sponsored by the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI LV CAAA).
This year’s impressive class included:
Francisco V. Aguilar, general counsel, Agassi Enterprises, Inc.; Guadalupe Alba, CEO of KG&R Bookkeeping Solutions; Mark Brandenburg, co-owner and president, Golden Gate Casino, LLC; Dr. Benito C. Calderon, medical director, Isabella Medical LLC; Michael A. Cunningham, regional president of Bank of Nevada; Dr. Joseph Randall “Randy” Edwards, senior loan officer, Lenders Mortgage; Vance K. Farrow, industry specialist for Health & Medical Services with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development; Margi A. Grein, executive officer, Nevada State Contractors Board; Samuel G. Ingalls, assistant director of aviation, Clark County Dept. of Aviation; Luke Joseph, owner and broker of World Realty and World Management; Chen “Jack” Min Juan, shareholder with Marquis Aurbach Coffing; Miriam Lira-Hickerson, ombudsman of consumer affairs for minorities with State of Nevada, Dept. of Business & Industry; Christopher Mathews, shareholder with Lionel, Sawyer, & Collins; Greg J. McKinley, CEO/owner of Cragin & Pike, Inc.; Leslie G. Parraguirre, president/owner of Colours, Inc.; Lt. Col. Charles W. Reed, U.S. Army; Paul Schiffman, head of school, Adelson Educational Campus; Mickey Weisz, M.D., president, Nevada Digestive Disease Center; Michael Wiley, senior vice president of security at SWITCH – SuperNap data center.
The noise in the Las Vegas desert was hostage taking, flash bangs, and gunfire, but this time it wasn’t the bad guys—it was members of the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy being arrested as role players. The “good guys”—the FBI Las Vegas Division SWAT team—demonstrated what happens in a hostage situation. After a safety brief, the class had a chance to fire weapons used by the FBI.
|Members of the Las Vegas Division SWAT team teach members of the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy how to shoot at Range Night.|
FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI LV CAAA)
The FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI LV CAAA) was established in the fall of 2009 as a non-profit organization made up of Citizens Academy graduates who support the goals and mission of the FBI and its Citizens Academy and community outreach programs. The FBI LV CAAA works to support the local FBI field office, nominate future Citizens Academy members, participate in outreach programs in the community, and become better informed on issues of federal law enforcement. Alumni members, while not in any way official spokespeople for the FBI, may be called upon to share their understanding of the role of federal law enforcement and assist with community outreach and crime prevention programs.
FBI LV CAAA Visit to FBI Headquarters and FBI Training Academy
In December, the Las Vegas Division held its third FBI LV CAAA pilgrimage to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the FBI Training Academy at Quantico, Virginia. The group also visited the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This trip is only available to those who have successfully completed the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy and are FBI LV CAAA members in good standing.
Adopt-A-School/Junior Special Agent Programs (2013-2014)
|Students at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy participated in FBI Las Vegas’ Adopt-a-School and Junior Special Agent programs during the 2013-2014 school year.|
The FBI Las Vegas Field Office and FBI LV CAAA partnered with Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for the 2013-2014 school year’s FBI Adopt-A-School program. Agassi Academy is a charter school in the Clark County School District and is located one block east of the FBI Las Vegas Field Office. The FBI Junior Special Agent program was offered to the fifth grade classes of the elementary school. Classes were held weekly and covered topics such as civil rights, gangs and drugs, victims’ rights, Internet safety and cyber crimes, careers in the FBI, evidence gathering, and photography.
Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA)
|SAC Bucheit presented the award to Andre Agassi and CEO Steve Miller during the FBI Teen Academy graduation, part of this year’s FBI Adopt-A-School Program at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy|
The FBI recognizes the achievements of individuals or organizations in the community who provide outstanding service by presenting the annual Director’s Community Leadership Award.This award is given to those who are actively involved in drug, gang, crime, and violence education and prevention. Our 2014 recipient was Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Through its public charter school, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, the Foundation provides youth in Las Vegas with a quality K-12 education to prepare for college and beyond.
CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training)
The Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) is an intensive training offered to community groups. Each group determines who participates and where the training takes place. Working with our office, the group selects two to three topics on which its members will receive training. Topics can include terrorism, frauds/scams, identity theft, hate crimes/civil rights, cyber crimes, Internet safety, and more.
A Night with the FBI, DOJ, and Interfaith Community Leaders
In May, the FBI LV CAAA sponsored a CREST called “A Night with the FBI, DOJ, and Interfaith Community Leaders.” The program was designed to introduce executives from the FBI, Department of Justice, and U.S. Attorneys Offices—along with their respective missions—to the interfaith, clergy, and religious leaders of Southern Nevada. This was the first CREST of its kind in the Las Vegas Division. Approximately 50 interfaith leaders, Citizens Academy graduates, FBI LV CAAA members, and guests attended the event.
Speaker Requests: The Las Vegas Division can accept a limited number of speaker requests from local and state educational, civic, religious, or workplace-based organizations. To submit a request, send a letter on your organization’s letterhead to:
FBI Las Vegas
Attn: Community Outreach
1787 West Lake Mead Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89106
The request should be sent at least 45 days prior to the event and include the location, possible dates, time and length of the meeting, topic requested, how many will be attending, and your contact information. Include a short introduction of your organization’s mission or purpose to assist in identifying the appropriate speaker. Every effort will be made to honor such requests, although there may be occasions when workloads dictate otherwise. Please do not attempt to e-mail your request. With the large number of e-mails, attachments do not always open and can easily be lost or overlooked.
- Elementary and Middle School Speaker Requests: FBI Las Vegas receives many school requests for speakers at career days, Careers on Wheels, Nevada Reading Week, and other presentations. Schools that are actively participating in the FBI-Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge (third through eighth grades) will receive priority. When submitting your request for a speaker, please be sure to state if and when your school is participating in the FBI-SOS program.
Partnerships with U.S.VETS-Las Vegas: FBI employees and FBI LV CAAA members volunteer to work at the U.S.VETS-Las Vegas Stand Down, an annual two-day event that assembles homeless veterans and provides food, clothing, veterans benefits, and referrals for housing and jobs.
Tours, Interviews, Job Shadows, and Internships: Due to security requirements, the Las Vegas Division does not offer tours, interviews, or internships to the public. The FBI does offer an for college-aged students.
For more information, contact:
Community Outreach Specialist Holly James
1787 West Lake Mead Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Visit our national In Your Community website for more information about our overall outreach efforts and our work in other local FBI offices.