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.
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
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
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.
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2017 FBI 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.”
Title 1 Liaison
Lincoln Bassett Community 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 fbi.gov/newhaven 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
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!
Human Trafficking Awareness and Education
Sponsored by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
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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.
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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:
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.