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Las Vegas Tragedy and Hurricane Relief

The United States has been hit by a horrible series of natural disasters and, most recently, a tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. In keeping with our tradition of providing help to the affected regions, we have set up two specific Donation locations.

Las Vegas:

The FBI Las Vegas CAAA has been volunteered to help provide meals to the First Responders working out of the Las Vegas FBI Field Office. On average, it costs $700/meal to feed those working from that location. (Note: Other organizations in Las Vegas are providing similar support to First Responders working out of multiple, other locations around the city.)

If your Chapter members wish provide support to assist the FBILVCAAA their commitment to feed the First Responders working out of the FBI Building, people can make a donation on the Las Vegas Chapter website ( The donate button is right below the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas."

Hurricane Support & Las Vegas Police Protective Association Support:

The FBI Birmingham CAAA will have two donation buttons set up on Monday. In addition to the current Hurricane IRMA Donation button, starting on Monday (Oct 9, 2017), there will be an additional button to donate to the Las Vegas Police Protective Association's Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF). LEAF will provide financial support to the family of the Police Officer, who lost his life during the mass shooting on 1 October.

If your Chapter members wish to donate to either of these two funds, the donation buttons can be found at:


We are all part of a great organization and we never fail to rise to the occasion when disaster strikes.

Best Regards,

Sandy Mangold

  Sanford D. "Sandy" Mangold
Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Executive Director
FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association
(702) 332-3986 (cell) /

Community, Cops and Culture

Save the Date!


Community, Cops & Culture Event


Saturday, October 28

10am – 3pm

Albertus Magnus College – Hubert Campus Center


The Connecticut FBI Outreach Team invites you to participant in a very unique event designed to build and strengthen relationships between ethnic communities and law enforcement.

VA Hospital Gift Bag & Patient Visit

Again this year, the Association sponsored a gift bag distribution and patient visit event at the West Haven VA Hospital.  On Saturday, we filled and distributed 75 bags to veterans on several hospital floors, and this year we also put together and distributed 20 gift bags to hospital staff.  Both were met with much gratitude! 


Each vet bag included a letter with ours and the VA’s logo, thanking them for their service to our country.  This year we were also provided hand -made cards which included notes from one of our member’s students.


Ten members donated items and five distributed them (plus one member’s wife, who had attended another event in the past and is a great help!).

VA Gift bags
VA Gif bags - participants
VA Gifts
VA Gifts - participants

Recognition by Veterans Administration

The FBI New Haven Citizens Academy Alumni Association received an award from the Veterans Administration for service and support given to the VA in West Haven.

VA Recognition - Award
VA Recognition the award

Milford PD Virtual Range Training


Our Association was offered two sessions at the Milford Police training facility’s high tech virtual range.  We each took a turn running through various scenarios posing as police in order to gain a better understanding of the decision making process they face.  We received both an orientation and a debrief when we had all completed our turns.  


The three police department employees who coordinated it couldn’t have been more professional.  The event also allowed for social time for members.


Participants gave very positive feedback on the experience – our thanks to Charlie and Mike for arranging this great event!

VA Hospital Barbecue

The VA Spring (summer) Barbecue at the West Haven VA Hospital was a great success – in spite of some challenges!


A team composed of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), VA employees and volunteers from our Alumni Association served up the lunch -  and the weather was perfect. 


The original estimate of 200 provided to us for the number of participants was far too low for how many showed up. The actual crowd of over 600 waited patiently in a long line in the courtyard.  It was a scramble, and thanks to our volunteers it went off without a problem! 


We received many expressions of gratitude and interest in us and who we are, and had two posters with our name and the event name.  The three groups agreed we would do it again next year - and be ready for 1,000 should they come.

FLEYA Graduation

Saturday 6/24/17 was the culmination of the 2017 Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy – the graduation ceremony took place on Yale’s West Campus and was well attended by students, parents, FLEYA alumni, law enforcement, the FBI, and our Association. 


Charlie Grady, as the master of ceremony made it clear this endeavor includes a great collaboration between FBI, Yale and law enforcement, as well a unique opportunity for the students.  Their keynote speaker was Connecticut’s first US Attorney, Deidre Daly, who clearly understood the spirit of the Academy and provided inspiration to students and attendees.  All of this was preceded by a dignified color guard, who marched out the flags and we all stood for the pledge of allegiance.


During the luncheon, Charlie thanked our Association and had Annabelle, Bob and Elizabeth stand to applause.  Senator Richard Blumenthal said some encouraging words and the FBI had its resident DJ setting the mood with music. 


The FBI hung a banner with the FBI, FLEYA and CAAA logos


Many thanks to:

·         Bill, who had many communications with Yale to arrange for the food  

·         Adam and Bob for working the chain of custody for the payment to Yale.

·         Annabelle, who arrived just in time to assist with banner hanging and the FBI store.
         Elizabeth, who brought flowers and balloons to dress up the location

FLEYA Graduation 2017 Sen Blumenthal
FLEYA 2017 Graduation Charlie Grady, MC

Citizens Academy Class of 2017 Graduation

May 4th saw the graduation of the 2017 FBI New Haven Citizens Academy class and the Association was in attendance to witness it. 

In attendance from the New Haven Field Office were Charlie Grady (Community Outreach Specialist) who officiated the night, JoAnn Benson (Training & Civic Liaison Specialist) and SAC Patricia Ferrick. The key note speaker was the First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J Gustafson. 

Alumni Association Donates Little Free Library to New Haven Police

Library Dnotion to WEB Substation

A budding center of the Whalley Avenue-Edgewood-Beaver Hills community will have one more reason for neighbors, particularly the tiniest ones, to stop by — a Little Free Library.

The FBI New Haven Citizens Academy Alumni Association has donated a Little Free Library to the recently renovated WEB police substation on Whalley Avenue. The little blue box and its books are almost ready to welcome little readers.

Click here for full article Article about Donation

The Winter Newsletter is now available!

FBINHCAAA Winter 2017 Newsletter

2017 FBI Annual Conference

2017 Annual Conference

FBI NH CAAA Presents on Social Media Risks at Lincoln Bassett Community School


An FBI New Haven Citizens Academy Alumni Association member presented on Social Media Risks to parents at the Lincoln Basset Community School, which is based in New Haven, CT.  The presentation, designed by the New Haven Field Office, was well received:   


“I would like to take this opportunity thank you for the…presentation for the parents and community last night it was a wonderful opportunity see how well-organized the presentation was…thank you so very much for your commitment to families and community.”

Florence Caldwell

Title 1 Liaison

Lincoln Bassett Community School

Member presenting at Lincoln Bassett School

                                                                                          P R E S S   R E L E A S E

The New Haven Field Office of the FBI and Yale University Police Department are proud to announce the second annual Future Law Enforcement Youth Academy (FLEYA). Two of the Nation’s most notable and iconic institutions will again conduct a week long law enforcement and legal training camp for selected youth throughout Connecticut.


The FLEYA training program will be an overnight camp in which the FLEYA students will be chaperoned by sworn law enforcement and FBI employees. The chaperones chosen will oversee the daily and evening events which will include Yale PD officers, FBI employees and FBI National Academy Alumni. Each Alumni officer will originate from the county that the students represent. This will act as a way to promote ongoing communication and networking between law enforcement and the students after the program ends.

This joint effort to promote future law enforcement career paths for Connecticut youth gives the selected youth an inside look at today’s FBI while simultaneously being exposed to various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and practices. Yale’s campus will again serve as the home base for an academic environment with the premier atmosphere to encourage students to pursue higher education and careers in law enforcement.

The students will receive specific classroom training and practical exercises in investigative forensics, use of cyber technology techniques for combating violent crime, counter intelligence, gang awareness, civil rights (hate crimes), and many more violations of state and federal law. This unique training will include classes with Federal Agents, Assistant US Attorney’s and State’s Attorney’s, local police, and judges.

The FLEYA training program is an overnight camp in which the FLEYA students are chaperoned by sworn law enforcement and FBI employees. The chaperones chosen to oversee the daily and evening events will include Yale PD officers, local and state officers and FBI employees. Students in the program will be teamed with a law enforcement representative from the county which the student resides. This will act as a way to promote ongoing connection and networking between law enforcement and the students post academy.


The youth selected for this program must:

       - Be between 15yrs – 18 yrs of age and returning to a CT high school in 2017
       - Be full time CT resident
       - Be committed to physical fitness thru sports or other activity
       - Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 (must be verified prior to acceptance)
       - Submit a completed online application which will include a 200 word written essay
       - Participate in an initial telephone interview if selected by staff members of the academy.
       - Participate in a final panel style interview at FBI New Haven

Student applications and instructions for FLEYA can be found on the website
(navigate to News and Outreach, then to In Your Community to Youth Outreach Initiatives.)

The Application process starts January 9th 2017, and will be accepted thru the deadline date
March 10th, 2017.
A total of Twenty-Eight (28) students will be selected from urban and
suburban area high schools in CT to ensure a diverse gender, racial, and cultural learning
environment and life experience. This training will promote tolerance, unity and the importance
of partnerships for success in the working world. No applications will be accepted after March
10, 2017 and the online application will be closed.
The instructions for applications are on the
website and must be strictly adhered to with no exceptions.


Community Outreach Specialist (COS)                Training/Civic Liaison Specialist
Charles Grady                                                            JoAnn Benson                               
203-503-5207                                                              203-503-5270

2016 Association Holiday Party


The holiday party was held in Woodbridge at Solun Tapas restaurant.  It was well attended by Association members and included several FBI colleagues, including SAC Patty Ferrick!


The newest members of the Board of Directors were introduced, and gratitude was expressed to Mike V. for his service as President.


Additional coats for the VA Hospital coat drive were collected as well – many thanks to those who contributed!


2016 Holiday Party-2


Human Trafficking Awareness and Education

Sponsored by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
CME credit eligible            CE credit eligible for law enforcers                 CT Police Instructor # 3692
Connecticut has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the United States (National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 2016). Human trafficking is not a topic we think about on a daily basis, but it is a crime that is happening to our children and neighbors right here in Connecticut. We can change this through education and information.Download our flyer.

Awareness is power!
The MILLA Project is proud to provide  free human trafficking training to reduce trafficking in Connecticut.  Universities, colleges, primary and secondary educators, student clubs, business professionals, healthcare providers, tourism and hospitality managers/staff, and community members can help end trafficking. Training is industry-specific, community friendly, and age appropriate. The MILLA Project believes those who are empowered with knowledge have the ability to identify potential victims and help stop trafficking.

In May 2016, legislation passed a number of changes to Connecticut's Public Act 16-71- H.B. No. 5621 - An Act Concerning Human Trafficking which became effective October 2016. Some of these changes encourage employers to ensure employees receive anti-trafficking training and refreshers, post notices about services for human trafficking victims, and expands the trafficking of persons in crime.

Training is CME and CE credit eligible for healthcare providers and law enforcers.Download our flyer.

Call 203-936-8039 or email to learn more about The MILLA Project's free human trafficking training program. Please forward to all whom may be interested in receiving training.

A successful visit to the West Haven VA Hospital on behalf of the FBI NHCAAA
A successful visit to the West Haven VA Hospital on behalf of the FBI NHCAAA

From Left to Right:

Bill Wade, FBI NHCAAA member

Larry Rice, Voluntary Service Specialist, West Haven VA Hospital

Vesna Markovic, FBI NHCAAA Member
Veteran, Employee of West Haven VA Hospital
Elizabeth Getrost, FBI NHCAAA member


Attended but not pictured:

Mohammed Qureshi

On Sept 10, we handed out 52 gift bags to veterans, as well as visit with several of them. Many thanks for our efforts were expressed from the vets, patients and staff.
Our relationship with the VA is continuing to strengthen and a coat drive is being planned for December.
Many thanks to those who could attend.

FBI Citizen's Academy National Site