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The FBI Norfolk Citizensí Academy Alumni Association held its first annual Law Enforcement Luncheon in April to foster teamwork between the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. Shown above, left to right, are Norfolk FBI Community Outreach Specialist Vanessa Torres, Alumni Association President D.R. Thrush, FBI Community Outreach Unit Chief Brett Hovington, and Alumni Association Vice-President Robert Spadaccini.
The FBI Norfolk Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association held its first annual Law Enforcement Luncheon in April to foster teamwork between the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. Shown above, left to right, are Norfolk FBI Community Outreach Specialist Vanessa Torres, Alumni Association President D.R. Thrush, FBI Community Outreach Unit Chief Brett Hovington, and Alumni Association Vice-President Robert Spadaccini.

The FBI Norfolk Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association (FBINORCAAA) held its first annual Law Enforcement Luncheon in April to foster teamwork between the FBI and the local law enforcement agencies.  The Norfolk FBI Office and its alumni joined with local law enforcement agencies, retired FBI agents, and members of the FBI’s National Academy for what the FBINORCAAA plans to be a yearly event.

The FBINORCAAA, a community based organization, is distinct and separate from the FBI. It comprises local, community, and business leaders who are committed to assisting the FBI build safer neighborhoods through initiatives that educate the public about the mission, resources, priorities and limitations of the FBI. Members of the FBINORCAAA must first attend an eight-week Citizens’ Academy course at the Norfolk FBI, giving attendees an up-close and personal look at the Bureau.

Supervisory Special Agent Hovington and FBI Norfolk Assistant Special Agent in Charge Willie Session prepare to deliver their remarks at the luncheon.
Supervisory Special Agent Hovington and FBI Norfolk Assistant Special Agent in Charge Willie Session prepare to deliver their remarks at the luncheon.

During opening remarks, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Willie Session spoke about the importance of being positive role models and focusing on the commonalities of each agency to “leverage resources and mitigate the threat.” Supervisory Special Agent Brett Hovington from the FBI’s Community Relations Unit discussed ways to develop better relations between the Norfolk FBI and its partners, stating that partnerships are “critical to the success of protecting the nation.” Hovington fielded questions about the FBI’s Community Outreach Program and encouraged collaboration on strategies that promote the trust of law enforcement in the communities.

After the event, FBINORCAAA President D.R. Thrush said he hoped the event brought the community of law enforcement officers closer “now that they know each other and have broken bread together.”

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