FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Association
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FBI Sacramento CAAA Summer 2020 Newsletter

Vol. 1, Issue 3

 

 

 

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

A Message from the President

Dear Friends,

 

Welcome to Summer 2020!

 

We find ourselves in an odd new reality, dealing with the pandemic as well as seeing our country deal with civil unrest, the likes of which we haven’t seen in 50 years. Alicia Wadas, President of the FBI National CAAA, recently shared with us a letter from the Acting Unit Chief of the FBI’s Community Relations Unit, regarding the investigation into the death of George Floyd. We included a link to that letter further down. Please be sure to read it.

 

We can all be proud of knowing, that even during these times of anxiety and unrest, this association continues to move forward in support of the FBI, local law enforcement, and our local communities, and it is times like these that you — our alumni — are needed the most. In your personal and professional relationships, if the timing feels right, please do whatever you can to communicate the goodness that we know to be true of our friends in blue, and — listen, pay attention — by truly hearing the concerns and plight of others, we all grow. 

 

I know we all hope and pray that we find a way to overcome this virus and to see our nation find a path to healing. If you have something to share with us, we want to hear from you, as your thoughts and ideas are the fuel that propels us. The FBISACCAAA Board of Directors is here for each of you, in any we can be. Thank you for your continued support of this association and its mission.

 

Have a wonderful summer, be safe, be vigilant and stay healthy!  
 

Terry Carroll
President
FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Association

 

Announcements

INFRAGARD: Northern California Virtual Corporate Security Engagement Series

Please join your private and public sector colleagues at the Northern California Virtual Corporate Security Engagement Series on August 13, 2020. The Northern California Virtual Corporate Security Engagement Series is open to personnel in the private sector, state, and local government, as well as personnel supporting the homeland security mission. The Northern California Virtual Corporate Security Engagement Series will feature speakers from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, other U.S. Government entities, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector. Speakers at this two-hour event will address a wide range of homeland security topics including      COVID-19 Update, BIO Extremists Threat, Cyber Threats Landscape, and Cyber Mitigations and Response.

 

This is normally for our InfraGard members but they are opening to everyone. Attendance is free; however, pre-registration is mandatory.

 

Please register using this link.

 

The Northern California Virtual Corporate Security Engagement Series is jointly facilitated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Domestic Security Alliance Council.

 

2020 Washington, D.C. Trip

 

We regret to announce that the 2020 Annual Sacramento FBI Citizens Academy Alumni trip to Washington D.C. and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia has been cancelled due to safety concerns pertaining to COVID-19. The approved applicants will be given first priority to participate in the 2021 DC trip and we plan to reschedule the visit for approximately the same dates.

 

This trip is held annually. A 2021 trip is currently planned but subject to change, as has been the case with many events our alumni have faced recently.

 

The 2019 trip featured additional highlights, including tours of the CIA, INTERPOL, the Secret Service, the Bureau of Engraving, the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Many of these tours featured briefings from prominent members from each bureau. 

Photo by FBI.gov

We are disheartened by the cancellation of the 2020 trip, but still look forward to the 2021 trip and beyond!

 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Shelby Samaniego.

 

Shelby Samaniego

Community Outreach Specialist

FBI Sacramento Division

(916) 746-2780

 

 

Fall 2020 FBI Sacramento Teen Academy

Photo by FBI.gov

We regret to announce that the Fall 2020 Teen Academy has been postponed due to safety concerns pertaining to COVID-19.

 

The FBI Teen Academy offers high schoolers a glimpse into the FBI, with in-person briefings by FBI staff and agents and demonstrations of their resources to help inform teens about the Bureau. Over 400 teens have graduated from this full-day, biannual event so far.

 

Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases.

 

Though the postponement may be disheartening, we are looking forward to resuming the academy in Spring 2021!

 

Fall 2020 FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy: Fresno and Sacramento

We regret to announce that the FBI Fresno Citizen’s Academy and the FBI Sacramento Citizen’s Academy have been postponed to Spring 2021 due to safety concerns pertaining to COVID-19.

 

The FBI Citizen’s Academy is a six-to-eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Classes meet in the evening at the FBI field office to foster  a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education. Candidates are nominated by FBI employees, former Citizens Academy graduates, and community leaders. Participants are selected by the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.

  • You can find the FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy nomination form here.
  • You can find the FBI Fresno Citizens Academy nomination form here.

We are looking forward to resuming the academy in fall 2020 (Sacramento) and spring 2021 (Fresno)!

 

Swindles and Scams

Swindles & Scams update: We are hard at work turning our Swindles & Scams presentation into an animated video that we will give us the ability to share this important information with a much broader audience. As the animated program develops, we plan to reach out to you for feedback and of course in helping us create a ‘viral’ launch for the video. Stay tuned. 

 

Wanted by the FBI

Please take a moment to view the Wanted by the FBI page. This page features persons of interest wanted by the FBI for a variety of violent and non-violent crimes, terrorism suspects, kidnapped and missing persons, and cases about which the FBI is seeking more information. All cases featured here relate to the FBI Sacramento Field Office.

FBI Apps

 

The FBI’s mobile applications—which are free and work on Apple and Android devices—centralize important information in user-friendly interfaces that are fast and easy to use.

 

  • Dashboard and Portal - Quickly access customizable website and social media content from the FBI in one convenient spot
  • Physical Fitness Test - Learn what it's like to train like an agent
  • FBI Bank Robbers App - Help take dangerous criminals off the streets
  • FBI Wanted App - Help protect your community by locating wanted fugitives and missing persons, solving crimes, and identifying unknown suspects
  • FBI Child ID App - Put your child's safety in your own hands

 

Go to the official FBI Apps website to download any of these free Apps.

 

FEATURE: FBI Citizens Academy Conversations, is aimed at providing a forum to tell the stories and exchange ideas with individuals who exemplify the ideals of citizenship and service.

Support Blue Run, Fresno

July 1, 2020

By Terri Pieretti, Board Member

 

Support Blue Run, Fresno has become a tradition and brings thousands of eager runners and walkers to Woodward Park in Fresno, California.      They run, walk, eat locally donated Krispy Kreme Donuts, drink Dutch Brothers Coffee and have some good ‘ole fashioned fun.      The festivities for this race actually start the day before with special booths and exhibitions to get participants excited about race day and to educate the public-at-large about law enforcement activities and supports in the community. Participants do not have to be marathon runners to have fun, although there are many participants who have that claim to fame. And yes, local FBI agents also run and rumor has it there was a little inside competition this year that spiced up the run for local agents. This particular race is unique from other run/walk events in that it draws families and children of all ages, especially family and friends of law enforcement officers and agents.  

 

I have run this race the past three years with the same FBI agent but I admit the last two years were even more special due to the FBI Citizens Academy.  I know so much more about the collaboration between our law enforcement agencies and have fired off a lot more questions to my running partner because she played down the danger in her job (that’s called humility). During the Academy we learned that some of the major sting operations were the direct result of collaborative efforts between local police departments and the FBI and in fact, several of the presentations were executed by the actual partners involved in those sting operations.

 

The Fresno Police Chaplaincy launched the Support Blue five years ago when officers began expressing that they felt that community spirit around police officers was diminishing. The goal of the race is simple… it is all about creating some positive energy around the good things that are done in law enforcement. This race also raises money to support many Chaplaincy programs, with a special focus on supporting children who are in tough situations.

 

The energy at this race is exhilarating and is filled with runners and walkers from all walks of life. Police officers, military members and other first responders run in their uniforms and yes, that includes their heavy boots, weapons, and any other item that adds extra weight. Participants come from throughout California, wearing badges and tee shirts that send positive messages about the regard they have for law enforcement agencies who work hard to keep their communities safe.  

 

This Leap Year, the Support Blue Race was held on February 29,, 2020, just days before news about the Corona virus began shutting down our world and sending people across the globe into their homes to shelter in place. But on February 29,, 2020, there was nothing in the air to suggest that a pandemic was coming. On Support Blue Run Day, there was no shelter in place and there was certainly no social distancing. In fact, the run was another sell out, packing thousands of runners and walkers into a beautiful park setting, amidst an ominous space that surrounded the start and finish line.

Support Blue Run Is About Building Relationships. Photo by Terri Pieretti

…And About Finishing. Photo by Terri Pieretti

One of the highlights of the race is the opening ceremony which features the amazing flyover and decent of the Fresno State BulldogBlitz Skydiving Team.

 

Even after participating the last three years, I still hold my breath as the skydivers prepare for a perfect landing. The crowd still grows almost silent as they look up in the air to watch the skydivers begin their descent and the silence, amidst the sea of blue, is a spectacular sight.

 

This Support Blue Run aims to foster a stronger level of trust between officers and the communities they serve, and likewise, it is also a highly visible way for the community to show support for law enforcement. In addition, there are many booths set up throughout the race site on Race Day that have one main purpose, and that to enhance personal and meaningful relationships with the community.

 

Fast forward to now, we are living in times of uncertainty and there are more questions about how police officers and other law enforcement agencies go about their work to keep us safe. This runner firmly believes that the conversation is an important one. But the focus should always be on how to improve the quality of the relationship between law enforcement and every sector of our society. And while there is the need for conversations on how law enforcement does their work, this runner also believes the conversation should intensify our understanding to a level that supersedes one’s own biases and perceptions, and that is indeed, a more difficult conversation.

 

The agent I ran with takes many risks and trains religiously to do her job. After visiting Quantico last September, my understanding of the risks FBI agents take and the vast degree of specialized training required to be an agent increased tenfold. Being in law enforcement is difficult work, so to honor that, I hope there will be a Support Blue Race in 2021. (It is on my calendar and rumor also has it there will be more challenges with more FBI agents.)  It will likely look different, but I hope the cause is the same and the results more appreciated, because as a society we can say we took some giant steps to improve relationships with law enforcement and with one another, not only as citizens but as human beings, in a very complicated global society.

 

In closing, this contribution to this newsletter is about the Support Blue Run in Fresno. But in our community, since police officers and probation officers are also on our school campuses with the goal of keeping students safe, I hope that in 2021 we will be celebrating better relationships with youth and that the celebration means we have recalibrated what positive relationships look like, relative to a safer community. And thank you FBI Agent /Running Partner/ Friend and all of your colleagues for helping to keep Fresno safe.

 

News from the FBI National CAAA

FBI Investigation into the death of George Floyd

 

The President of the FBI National CAAA Board, Alicia Wadas, recently shared an important letter from the Community Relations Unit at FBI HQ. The letter regards the FBI’s investigation into the death of George Floyd. We hope you'll take a moment to read the letter and be reminded, and help to assure others in your circle, of the FBI’s commitment to the pursuit of justice. "The FBI is as passionate about civil rights as the public. We take our responsibility to protect the civil rights of all people seriously."

 

National Leadership Conference

 

The 2020 FBINCAAA National Leadership Conference, that was scheduled to take place in Milwaukee in August, has been cancelled due to COVID–19 and “the unprecedented health crisis facing our country." The 2021 Leadership Conference will be hosted by FBI Las Vegas CAAA from Tuesday, 6/29 to Thursday, 6/31. Association members with an interest in promoting the growth and health of our Chapter, or applying to sit on our board, are welcome to attend the conference. Please email us if you are interested and would like more information. (Attendees cover their own fees including travel, hotel and conference registration. Attendance at the conference is not required to apply for FBISACCAAA board membership.)

 

Did you know?

 

All 56 FBI Field Offices have a Citizens Academy community outreach program, and there are more than 42,000 graduates of those programs around the nation partaking in community outreach programs, awareness initiatives, and volunteer service through the CAAA with the goal of making our neighborhoods safer. FBINCAAA ensures that all Chapters are guided and supported in those efforts.

 

Fundraising

We are raising money for our 2020-21 programs, and are actively looking to partner with your business or family. If you have ideas that would support our mission, we would love to hear from you.
 
Our goal is to support the Sacramento FBI Field Office and its mission in the 34-county Eastern District of California. It’s a big area, and our goal is to raise enough money to make a difference in helping the FBI Sacramento protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.
 
Contact Alex Michon
Chair, Fund Raising Committee
Sacramento FBI CAAA

fundraising@sacfbicaa.org

 

 

Membership

 

The FBISACCAAA Membership Committee was hoping to reach out to members about accepting membership dues at events such as the quarterly briefings as well as the newsletter, but under the current circumstances, we can only reach out electronically. 
 

So, we are still collecting membership dues for 2020 from all graduates from the FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy. 


Dues are to be paid annually unless you have become a lifetime member. Dues are $55/year if paid annually. 

 

Why do we collect dues for membership?  


The dues you pay help us to fund programs for groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Teen Academy. We also ‘pay it forward’ to our newest members by purchasing the supplies for the Citizen Academy classes.
We are also beginning to branch out with fundraising projects, and the membership dues help us to begin work on those projects… such as the Dinner with Law Enforcement held in March of this year. We had tremendous feedback from attendees and hope to have a similar event in 2021!


If you have paid your membership dues for 2020, Thank You!
 

If you have not paid your membership dues for 2020, please click the link below to make your contribution:

 

Lifetime Membership


If you would like to become a Lifetime Member of the FBISACCAAA, and all the perks that come with it…click the link below to contact one of the executive board members for more information.


Lifetime Membership is a one-time contribution of $750 and includes the following:
 

  • Membership dues waived going forward
  • New membership card with Lifetime Member designation
  • Lifetime Member pin
  • FBISACCAAA T-shirt
  • A personalized certificate with the FBICAAA seal
  • VIP privileges at select special events and tours
  • Recognition in our newsletter and social media (you can opt out of this if you desire)
  • Opportunities to be involved with our community outreach efforts

Please take the time to renew your membership now!
Thank you!

Thank You, Lifetime Members:

 

Michael Anderson

Sabrina Bradley

Bryan Byrd

Lisa Calk

John Carlson

Terry Carroll

James C. Crump, Jr.

Chuck Ebersole

Fred Evangelisti

Molly Evangelisti

William Fox

Mark Hirschel

Jeanne Reaves

Michael Restuccia

Jeff Stone

Beverly Yoneshige

 

The Board of Directors thanks you for your commitment to this association, its mission, and the improved safety of our community through education and communication.
 

The FBI Sacramento CAAA is a nonprofit organization separate and apart from the FBI.

 

The FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBISACCAAA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that supports local, state and federal law enforcement through community engagement, education and outreach.

 

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