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In Your Community

In Your Community

New York Community Outreach Unit
(212) 384-1000

Special Agent
Community Outreach Specialist
Community Outreach Specialist

New York, 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 build trust and to educate the communities we serve through open dialogue.

Our activities include:

  • In the fall of 2015, we held our latest Citizens Academy, bringing together a diverse group of business and community leaders to learn firsthand about our operations and programs. Our Citizens Academy program not only demystifies our work, but it also creates new channels for working together and sharing information.
  • In June 2016, we will hold our sixth annual Muslim Youth Career Day at Kingsborough Community College. This collaborative effort between the FBI New York Office and the Council of People’s Organization (COPO) is designed to expose Muslim youth ages 10-17 to law enforcement and its various career opportunities. Last year’s event drew more than 700 students and was supported by 17 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • In June 2015, FBI runners and volunteers supported the Hope and Possibility 5-Mile Race to benefit Achilles International and the Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. Achilles International encourages people with disabilities to engage in physical activity and to participate in mainstream athletic events. The Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans is one of the components of the organization and is devoted to assisting recently disabled war veterans.
  • This summer, the New York Field Office will again participate in the annual National Night Out Against Crime. Citizens throughout the five boroughs of New York City will join forces with thousands of neighborhoods across the U.S. for the Annual National Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). In addition to the New York locations, more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world will participate in the event.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

Community Outreach Specialist with Students

Community Outreach Specialist Kevin Mannion with two students at Public School 5, Port Morris School
in the Bronx on Read Aloud Day.

Speakers Bureau - The New York Division offers speakers for schools, businesses, minority groups, and civic organizations throughout the community on a variety of topics, including terrorism, violent crime, organized crime and drugs, frauds and scams, identity theft, hate crimes/civil rights, victim assistance, and careers within the FBI. To schedule a speaker, submit your request in writing to the community outreach coordinator at least one month in advance. Please fax your completed Speaker Request Form to at (212) 384-8187.

FBI Citizens Academy - The Citizens Academy program brings together a diverse group of business and community leaders to learn firsthand about our operations and programs. This not only demystifies our work, it also creates new channels for working together and sharing information. Our next Citizens Academy will be held in September 2016. There is a high demand for this program, and those who are interested in attending should submit an application no later than May 31, 2016. Due to the popularity of the program, only individuals nominated by FBI employees, Citizens Academy graduates, or others with whom the FBI New York Division has an existing relationship will be considered. Applications can be requested by e-mailing .

FBI Teen Academy - The Teen Academy program brings a select group of teens between 14-17 years of age to the New York Field Office to learn about the important work of the FBI. Teens are nominated by their schools or a community leader and are selected based upon a number of factors, including their grade point average, an essay, and their community involvement. The next Teen Academy class will be held in July 2016. Applications can be requested by e-mailing .

FBI Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge - The mission of the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge is to promote cyber citizenship among students by engaging them in a fun, age-appropriate, competitive online program where they learn how to safely and responsibly use the Internet. Each month during the school year, the school with the highest score will receive an award and a visit from members of the FBI. School officials and teachers can register their classes for this free school-based Internet safety program.

Child ID App on PhoneFBI Child ID App - The free Child ID app (for iPhones and Androids) provides parents with an easy way to electronically store pictures and vital information about their children in case they go missing—whether it’s a toddler wandering away at the mall or a teen who has been snatched by a stranger. Using the app, you can show pictures of your kids and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. You can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. In addition, the app includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award - This special award, presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI, was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America. The 2015 recipient of this honor for the New York Field Office is Rabbi Abraham Friedman. Aside from his usual ministerial work and serving as a police chaplain for numerous agencies, Rabbi Friedman has been involved in many community efforts bringing people of different backgrounds and faiths together for a common purpose. Rabbi Friedman will receive his official award from Director James Comey on April 15, 2016 at a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Law Enforcement Explorers SealExploring Post #2060 - Law Enforcement Exploring is a youth program that exposes young members of the community between the ages of 14 and 20 to the possibility of a law enforcement career. The New York Field Office has worked to mentor high school students through FBI Exploring Post #2060, which is named the Lenny Hatton Memorial FBI Explorer Post in honor of FBI Special Agent Leonard Hatton, who died in the line of duty while assisting in the evacuation of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The post was given the number 2060 in honor of Special Agent Hatton’s badge number. Visit the group’s website for more information about the Exploring program.

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

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