St. Louis, 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 in concrete ways through a range of activities and initiatives.
Our recent activities include:
Each spring we hold our Citizens Academy, where we invite a cross section of recognized business, civic, and religious leaders to learn firsthand about our operations and programs. The purpose is to demystify our work and create new contacts and channels for working together and sharing information.
In 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Award program was launched to recognize individuals or organizations that have a positive impact in our community. Over the last few years, the annual award has gained significant importance and prestige, with the Director of the FBI personally making this presentation to those who have made an impact in the areas of crime reduction, drug deterrence, and other public safety and security initiatives. For 2012, we honored Kimberly Ritter, an advocate for victims of sex trafficking.
A student dresses up
in FBI gear
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, who often band together in local alumni chapters to create crime prevention programs and other initiatives that benefit 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; and
Encouraging citizens to step forward to report crime and to serve as witnesses in court.
Requests for Public Speakers
The FBI offers public speakers on a limited basis pertaining to the Bureau’s investigative mission. Please give one month’s advance notice and include the following information:
Date of presentation;
Time and length of presentation;
Place of presentation;
Topic of presentation;
Type of audience (industry professionals, general public, students, etc.);
Size of audience;
Deadline for response; and
Contact name, telephone, and e-mail address.
Send requests on letterhead by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
FBI St. Louis
Attn: Rebecca Wu, Public Affairs Specialist
P.O. Box 7251
St. Louis, MO 63177
Fax: (314) 589-2698