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Milwaukee Community Outreach

Milwaukee Community Outreach

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Milwaukee, 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.

Our activities include:

Director’s Community Leadership Award

Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Shields, Jr. has announced the selection of Tom Hinz as the 2015 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Mr. Hinz is the founder and director of the Northeast Wisconsin Veterans Treatment Court whose mission is to provide an alternative to military veterans facing criminal charges for an intense period of treatment (minimum of 18 months) in order to maintain sobriety and law-abiding behavior upon completion of the program.

FBI Citizens Academy

Each year in fall, the FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy brings together a cross section of 30 community leaders to learn firsthand about our operations and programs, not only demystifying our work but creating new contacts and channels for working together and sharing information. Our next Citizens Academy will begin in September 2016.

Applications must be submitted electronically. Due to high demand, the selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. The application deadline is April 30, 2016.

Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST)

CREST enables the FBI to partner with organizations in the community to develop specialized training seminars helpful to the group and its members. The program is a shorter, more focused version of the Citizens Academy and is led by agents and professional staff. Presentations can include topics such as cyber security, identity theft, counterterrorism, gangs and violent crime, civil rights, evidence recovery, or other subjects of interest to the host organization. More information

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 Milwaukee requires four weeks’ advance notice for all requests for speakers. All requests are subject to availability.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

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  • Meeting with minority groups and civic organizations to talk about what the FBI can do with them and for them and hosting town hall meetings as needed to dialogue on key issues;  
  • Sending our special agents and others from the FBI into schools, businesses, and civic meetings to explain emerging crime and security threats and to provide specific advice on how to prevent being victimized by these threats;
  • Supporting the graduates of our Citizens Academies, who often band together in local alumni chapters to create crime prevention programs and other initiatives that benefit communities;
  • Serving on committees and boards for businesses, schools, community groups, and social and health services and launching drives to bring food, gifts, and toys to the less fortunate during the holidays and other times of the year;
  • Encouraging citizens to step forward to report crime and serve as witnesses in court.

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