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Salt Lake City Community Outreach

Salt Lake City Community Outreach

Salt Lake City, 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 through a range of activities and initiatives.

Our activities include:

FBI Citizens Academy: Our Citizens Academy brings together a cross section of community leaders to learn firsthand about our operations and programs. The next FBI Salt Lake City Citizens Academy will be held in spring 2016. The application period for this session is currently closed.

Citizens Academy Alumni Association: Our Citizens Academy graduates have found a way to stay connected to the Bureau, their fellow students, and the community through the Citizens Academy Alumni Association, which participates in events and initiatives that help improve the lives of local residents. You may find the alumni, for example, handing out child identification kits or talking to school children about Internet safety.

Director’s Community Leadership Award: We are proud to recognize local leaders with the Director’s Community Leadership Award. It’s one way our special agent in charge can thank an individual or group for going the extra mile and making our community safer. Our recent winners include:

  • 2013: Reverend France Davis
    Rev. Davis has served as the pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church for more than 39 years and preaches that education is the gateway to success. Rev. Davis has earned six different degrees from various universities. Following the establishment of the Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship in 2008, Rev. Davis has been able to increase the representation of African-American students at Utah’s colleges and universities. The scholarship is funded by the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce.
  • 2012: Pamela J. Atkinson
    Ms. Atkinson has worked to educate community leaders, non-profit organizations, and law enforcement about issues related to homelessness, she volunteers for the Volunteers of America Homeless Outreach Team, and she has helped establish charitable clinics for the medically underserved.
  • 2011: Blackfeet Housing Project’s Pikanii Action Team
    In 2008, the housing project was awarded a grant by the Montana State Department of Public Health, and the Pikanii Action Team began identifying and implementing initiatives to address alcohol issues in the community. As a result of organized safety checks, the Pikanii Action Team saw a decrease in DUI violations, dropping from 484 violations in 2009 to 199 violations in 2010.
  • 2010: Dr. Earl Sutherland, Jr.
    A clinical child psychologist, Dr. Sutherland has worked to protect Native American children who are victims of sexual abuse and other violent acts. He started the Child and Adolescent Referral and Evaluation Centers on both the Crow Indian Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Southeastern Montana.
  • 2009: Salt Lake Area Gang Project
    For nearly 20 years, the Salt Lake Area Gang Project has apprehended dangerous criminals, helped gang members find a way out, and educated the public about gang activity.
  • 2008: Colors of Success, Executive Director Duane Bordeaux
    The organization was recognized for its efforts to provide school-based prevention and intervention services for at-risk youth.
  • 2007: Jack Way, Idaho National Laboratory
    In today’s changing times, Mr. Way’s contributions are critical to law enforcement and businesses alike. Among other accomplishments, he has educated officials on how to recognize criminal activities, especially in the areas of domestic and international terrorism.
  • 2006: Thomas M. Siebel, The Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation
    Mr. Siebel launched the Montana Meth Project, a statewide campaign to reduce first-time methamphetamine use among 12 to 17 year olds. The project also raised awareness about the methamphetamine problem in Montana.

Christmas Card Contest: We ask students at a local elementary school to create their best holiday artwork. FBI employees then vote for their favorites, and the top three are made into Christmas cards for the FBI in Utah, Idaho, and Montana. During an awards ceremony to honor the winners, the Special Agent in Charge also speaks to the students about drugs and gangs. We always encourage the children to work hard in school and keep reaching to achieve great things.

Special Olympics Torch Run: We are proud to support Special Olympians from Utah, Idaho, and Montana. Each June, employees from all three states join the Special Olympics Torch Run. FBI employees donate their own time to honor the courageous citizens who participate in the Special Olympic Games.

Career Fairs and Recruiting: You can often spot an FBI recruiter at a local career fair. We participate in several of these a year. Please check our FBI Jobs page for the next career fair in your community.

Speakers: The Salt Lake City Field Office is pleased to accommodate requests for speakers on a variety of topics pertaining to the FBI’s mission.

All requests for speakers must be submitted online and received by the Salt Lake City Field Office a minimum of six weeks prior to your presentation date. All requests are subject to availability.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

  • 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 and their alumni chapter to create crime prevention programs and other initiatives that will benefit local 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; and
  • Partnering with the American Football Coaches Association and its National Child Identification Program to distribute Child ID kits at football games and other events.

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