TAKES A VILLAGE TO PROTECT A NATION
Community Leaders Honored for Crime Prevention Efforts
Pick up any newspaper
or flip on the evening news and you're bound to see stories about crime.
But there are scores of crimes that never happen ... because
concerned citizens take the time to make a difference.
often go untold. But in the FBI, we make it our business to
honor leaders who help head off crime and terrorism in their communities.
Every year, each of our 56 field offices nominates an individual or
organization for the Director's Community Leadership Award.
We’d like to
introduce you to just a few of the 2004 winners:
a Racine, Wisconsin, police officer, recognized the power of books to
make a difference in the lives of children she met on her beat. So she
created the Cops-N-Kids Reading Center, which provides free books to
local low-income children and a safe haven for them to gather and read.
Now retired, she runs the center full time.
Armed Together to Help Educate Restore and Save (F.A.T.H.E.R.S.) Street
Patrol is a group of men in Buffalo, New York, who take a
hands-on role in making their community safe. Among their successes:
closing down a suspected drug house; helping to rebuild a school playground;
patrolling areas near inner-city schools; and partnering with police
to deter vandalism and shoplifting at a local mall. They also serve
as role models for kids by speaking at high school career days and
Scott Erwin of
Kansas was working in Iraq as a summer college intern when he created
Ambassadors of Democracy, a civic education program that provides a forum
for Iraqi students to discuss the tenets of democracy. Tragically, Scott
was critically wounded when his vehicle was ambushed while returning
to work after the forum's final session. Now recovering in the U.S.,
he talks with law enforcement and community groups about his experience
and about using communication to bridge cultural gaps.
Cynthia Luria is
regional director of the Nevada Anti-Defamation League. Under her leadership,
the chapter has trained 1,500 law enforcement and military personnel
on how to prevent bias and ensure fair treatment for all. Concerned by
the aggressive recruitment of local youths by hate groups, she also produced
an educational video on them that's been shown to over 12,000 teachers.
Mahmoud Awadallah is
the Executive Director of the Arab American Community Center for Economic
and Social Services in Ohio. The group’s mission? To promote better
understanding of Arab culture and the integration of Arab Americans into
the mainstream of American life. Born in Cleveland to Palestinian parents,
Mr. Awadallah speaks first-hand about how to bridge the cultural divide.
We salute these individuals
... and all of our Community Leadership Award winners!
Julia Burney and Jeffrey Troy, Milwaukee Assistant Special Agent in Charge