||FBI Citizens Academy Alumni
Association Seeks Projects
Most of us learned of Aaron T. Ford during the recent abduction and successful rescue of the Bain sisters from their kidnapper Adam Mayes. But, Memphis and Shelby County has the advantage of having FBI Special Agent in Charge, Aaron Ford, showing a special interest in uniting and protecting our community.
Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Aaron T. Ford special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis Division in November of 2011. Mr. Ford served as an inspector in the FBI’s Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) since August 2010. He oversaw field office and FBIHQ inspections, shooting incident review teams, audits, and special inquiries.
Mr. Ford began his career as an FBI agent in August 1985. Prior to his FBI career, he served as a special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Ford investigated violent crime, fugitive, drug, and corruption cases. Mr. Ford is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law.
FBI Memphis Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBICAAA) is a community-based and citizen-supported 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, distinct and separate from the FBI. Arlenia Cole, president of the Memphis FBICAAA said, “we are part of a network of 56 such chapters nationwide and each of our thousands of members who have successfully graduated from an FBI Citizens Academy”.
“My priorities for the FBICAAA are to promote safer communities through community service projects and educating business, labor, media, minority, religious, government, senior citizens, and other community leaders about law enforcement, with particular emphasis on the mission, resources, and limitations of the FBI,” explains SAC Ford. “I consider the FBICAAA executive board as my community partners who serve as ambassadors for the Memphis Division of the FBI.”
Sheila L. Mosby is the Community Outreach Specialist for the FBI. Her duties are to establish communication between the FBI and the community, to share information with the community about the overall mission of the FBI, and specifically, how the FBI’s Community Outreach Program (COP) supports the reduction of crime, gangs and drugs, and other crimes in the community to include terrorism and civil rights. “I serve as a catalyst for initiating community and municipal agency participation in planning and implementing effective approaches to the community’s crime, gang and drug, civil rights and violent crime problems,” said Ms. Mosby.
“I oversee tasks and projects that establish partnerships with national and local ethnic and minority groups and organizations,” states Ms. Mosby. As the Community Outreach Specialist, she also provides and implements youth based initiatives i.e. Teen Academies, Jr. Special Agent’s events, Citizens Academy Program and Community Relations Executive Seminar Training, Adopt a School program, attend/address community meetings, Memphis African American History event, Drug Free Rally, Stop Bullying and Cyber bulling Rally, Student tours of the office, and the coordination of special events.
Each year, the FBI sponsors a Citizens Academy, where average citizens are selected and receive information on the FBI operations and other law enforcement agencies. FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association executive board president, Arlenia Cole, is inviting all graduates of the Citizens Academy to join the Alumni Association. “We work to assist the FBI in demystifying the community’s thoughts of all law enforcement agencies,” said Ms. Cole.
SAC Ford, along with the Community Outreach Specialist and the Citizens Alumni Association recently sponsored a Motivational / Leadership Symposium featuring guest speaker, Richard Dent, former Chicago Bears –Super Bowl MVP and 2011 Hall of Fame. Mr. Ford and his community support team have many upcoming projects and events scheduled that will definitely help unify our diverse local population:
- June 25th – Veterans of the Korean War Dinner
June 30th - CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training) at the Muslim Mosque
July 28th - Grand Opening & Back to School Rally - Impact Northwest Shelby County Community Center
July 29th - Muslim Ramadan Dinner
August 4th - FBI will host a Anti-Bullying Rally & Kick-off of video PSA against Cyber bullying (10am-12noon Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library)
Cyber bullying Video/ TV (PSA) Public Service Announcement Campaign
September 18th - 2012 FBI Citizens Academy
For additional information, or to submit request for consideration contact:
FBI Community Outreach, (901) 747-4300, Ms. Sheila L. Mosby, Community Outreach Specialist
FBI Memphis Citizens Academy Alumni Association, (901) 290-7085 Arlenia H. Cole, President
For Alumni Association membership information visit our website: http://www.fbicaaamemphis.org
For Anti-Bullying Rally information visit FBI Rally Flyer
FBI SAC Aaron Ford, Community Outreach Specialist and FBI Citizens Alumni Association Board
Arlenia Cole, Judy McEwen, Murray Habbaz, SAC Aaron Ford, Thomas Evans, Lee Clarke, Sheila Mosby