FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Association
FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Association

FBI Sacramento CAAA Fall 2019 Newsletter

Vol. 1, Issue 1

 

 

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address  |  November 19, 1863

Message from the Board of Directors

 

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBISACCAAA) quarterly newsletter! 


As an alumnus of the FBI Citizens Academy, you are a part of a distinct community comprised of more than 42,000 civic, business, religious and community leaders from all walks of life, who are united in common cause to support the community outreach and educational initiatives of the FBI—the world’s premier law enforcement organization. 

Our Sacramento chapter remains steadfast in our resolve to support the FBI in its mission, “To protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States” through a rigorous commitment to core American values grounded in leadership and community service. With the launch of this newsletter, we reaffirm our commitment to our primary mission to foster stronger relationships between FBI Citizens Academy graduates and the FBI as we work towards building more informed and safer communities for all.

We are immensely grateful to SAC Sean Ragan (Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Sacramento Field Office), and to our COS Katie Burnett (Community Outreach Specialist for Sacramento and Fresno) for their tremendous leadership and support--and to all of the brave women and men who serve our communities with honor and distinction at the FBI Sacramento Field Office and its network of resident agencies.

Together, we are a force multiplier—and we call on all of our alumni members to help us strengthen the relationships of our local Sacramento FBI Field Office with the communities it serves, and to join us as we recognize and honor the bold select few among us, who have chosen a life of service and sacrifice, over comfort and stability. 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our alumni members in both Sacramento and Fresno for your remarkable support and commitment to the mission of the FBISACCAAA. It is the continued dedication of members like you that will help us to fulfill our mission, and we call on all of you to join us in this most worthy cause.


Sincerely,
The Board of Directors
FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Association 

 

Annual Sacramento FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Trip to Washington, D.C.

 

In September, FBI Citizens Academies Alumni members from Sacramento and Fresno assembled in our nation’s beautiful capital city for a week-long series of briefings and tours. A big shout-out is due to our COS Katie Burnett for organizing a highly informative and memorable experience for all!

Alumni Members had the unique opportunity to visit the following government agencies:

  • FBI Academy and FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.  
  • FBI Headquarters
  • CIA 
  • Terrorist Screening Center 
  • Interpol 
  • Bureau of Engraving 
  • US Secret Service 
  • U.S. Marshal’s Service 
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 

 

 

2019 FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference 
August 14-16, 2019 Houston, Texas

 

The stars at night, are big and bright…deep in the heart of Texas!

This year’s National Leadership Conference was held in The Great State of Texas! Over 250 alumni, sponsors, FBI personnel and board representatives from all 60 chapters across the nation convened in the iconic city of Houston, which recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

The conference provided attendees with invaluable opportunities including:

  • networking and information sharing
  • discussions of chapter success stories
  • discussions of best practices
  • regional chapter meetings and chapter exchange
  • leadership training modules
  • community engagement and partnership modules
  • insights into fascinating and sobering FBI case presentations

The meeting concluded with a spectacular gala celebration at NASA’s Johnson Space Center which included an astronaut and flight controller panel featuring astronauts from the Apollo 7, Apollo 13, and Apollo 15 moon missions!!

 

ZOLTAR SPEAKS!
Manny is our newest board member and one of our newsletter editors. Manny has the best sense of humor! He had us rolling with his Zoltar impression during the gala celebration at the Johnson Space Center! 


New National Logo
During the conference, our new logo was revealed. More than a dozen different concepts were explored and the history and symbolism of the current seal were researched, as well as the FBI seal and those of other federal agencies, to get to the final design. 

 

Upcoming Programs and Events

 

FBI Fresno Citizens Academy

The FBI Fresno Citizens Academy is just around the corner. The first class meets on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. The academy will meet from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Clovis Police Department, 1233 Fifth Street Clovis, California, 93612. We will also meet for a Range Day and a Graduation Ceremony, those dates will be announced shortly. 

FBI Sacramento Teen Academy
The next FBI Sacramento Teen Academy will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019. Applications will be accepted from high school juniors attending school in the 34 California counties the Sacramento Field Office serves until Friday, October 18, 2019.

You can learn more at the following website: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/sacramento/community-outreach

For more information about these programs please feel free to contact our COS Katie Burnett at kjburnett@fbi.gov or (916)746-2780

 

Swindles and Scams: How to protect yourself from financial fraud.


The FBISACCAAA launched a seminar series this summer for groups and organizations in the Sacramento/Northern CA region called, "Swindles and Scams — How to Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud. The campaign is aimed at protecting vulnerable populations, particularly older Americans from financial crimes. Our goal is to support the FBI Sacramento field office by helping to educate our communities about common financial scams and what you can do to safeguard your family and community members from becoming victims of financial fraud.

Our chapter received special recognition for initiating the Swindles and Scams campaign at this year’s national conference in Houston, and shared best practice models for the presentation with chapter members across the country. 


If you have any connections for groups that might be interested in Swindles and Scams, or you would like more information, please email us at news@sacfbicaa.org
 

9/11/2001 Lest We Forget.

 

California 9/11 Memorial Foundation Unveils New Tributes
Honor. Educate. Remember.

No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory of Time- Virgil

CLOVIS, Calif. To commemorate the 18th anniversary of 9/11 and honor the memory and sacrifice of all the victims and survivors of the attacks, the California 9/11 Memorial Foundation unveiled several new memorial tributes as a part of a multi-step expansion plan. 

The new tributes are a part of Phase 1 of the plan and include granite replicas of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon built on a 1/100th scale, which are inscribed with the names of those who lost their lives on that fateful day. A bronze statue of two firefighters running towards the Twin Towers titled "Answering the Call" was also unveiled to honor the heroism of the brave New York City Fire Department (FDNY) first responders who ran towards danger into the Towers, making the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of their fellow Americans. The statue is one of only ten in the nation and the only one in California. In total, 343 firefighters, including a chaplain and two paramedics, of the FDNY sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on 9/11—a true testament to the American spirit of courage, valor, and service to others. 

The tributes feature unique architectural design elements, incorporating the position of the sun to cast a shadow line on either side of the bronze first responder statues on September 11th at 8:46 am—the exact time of the first plane impact into the Twin Towers. The monument is also designed to cast a shadow over the Pentagon replica at the exact site of impact.

The tribute to the Pentagon features a beautiful water feature utilizing design elements from the National 9/11 Memorial in New York, and the memorial’s primary foundation is a 110-foot flagpole, representing the 110 stories of the Twin Towers. Future expansion plans for Phase 2 are underway which will incorporate a survivor tree, similar to the pear blossom that survived in the aftermath at ground zero, as well as a meditation garden. The memorial board also plans to construct a monument in memory of all the first responders, police officers, military personnel and those brave Americans who sacrificed their own lives to retake control of United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

The memorial includes walkways and benches which provide a peaceful space for reflection and healing, as well as various displays that aim to share the story of the 9/11 tragedy with future generations.

The California 9/11 Memorial is funded by the California 9/11 Memorial Foundation and community donations and is located at
3500 Pelco Way in Clovis, CA.
 

 

 

PROJECT ENDURE—Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

 

Project Endure, is an organization whose mission is to honor the memory of fallen law enforcement officers, and to support the families they leave behind.

Please take a moment to check out this inspiring story about LAPD Officer Andrew Gonzalez, who recently bicycled 300 miles from Los Angeles to Newman, CA to honor the memory of fallen officer Corporal Ronil Singh, who was killed in the line of duty last December, a day after Christmas. At the end of the 300 mile journey, Officer Gonzalez hand delivered the US flag to Officer Singh’s family to honor his memory and sacrifice, and pay tribute to all of our fallen brothers and sisters in blue.

You can read the full story here:
https://abc30.com/lapd-officer-cycles-300-miles-to-newman-to-honor-slain-officer/5502252/


Officer Ronil Singh, EOW 12/26/18

 

FBI Sacramento CAAA T-Shirts

 

 

We're excited to wear our mission on our backs with this custom T-Shirt!

T-Shirts are $20 each, women's and men's styles, and 100% of proceeds go to supporting our current programs and creating new ones. We will have a few available for purchase at the next briefing on October 7. (This is a design mock-up only and the final outcome may differ slightly).

Can't make it to the briefing? Email us at news@sacfbicaa.org and we'll make sure you aren't left out :) Please note there will be a $5 shipping fee per order

 

Membership


Thank you to everyone who replied to our recent email. We have a goal to answer everyone personally and it is taking a little time. But we are excited to hear from every one of you!

If you are currently a proud FBI Citizens Academy graduate and a paying member of our Association, we thank you for your continued support.

If you'd like to get to know us again, we hope that you enjoy our updates and that you'll consider becoming a paying member of the alumni association.
Your dues help us to support the FBI academy programs as well as our own community programs and events.
 

 

I'd like to pay my dues!

 

 

Did you know that you can become a lifetime member of the FBISACCAAA? That's right, pay once and never worry about it again.

Lifetime membership is $500, and benefits include:

  • Dues are waived!
  • When we next order membership cards, we will order yours with “Lifetime Member” underneath your name.
  • We’ll send you a “Lifetime Member” pin.
  • A T-shirt (see above!)
  • A personalized certificate with the FBICAAA seal
  • VIP at select special events and tours
  • Recognition in our newsletter and social media
  • Opportunities to be involved with our community outreach efforts

Please reach out for more information by clicking below (this will open an email for you to contact us).

 

Sign me up for life!

 

Thank You, New Lifetime Members 

This summer we welcomed four alumni to the ranks of our lifetime members:

Michael D. Anderson
Terry Carroll
Michael Restuccia
Jeff Stone 


A thousand thank you's for your commitment to this association, its mission, and the improved safety of our community through education and communication.

 

Editorial Team

Isla Waite
Mansheel "Manny" Singh


Please feel free to contact the editorial team at news@sacfbicaa.org

 

 

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