The FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country diligently work for the good of the communities we serve and for the nation as a whole. But we can’t do it alone—we also need the support of the people who live in those communities.

Today, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., we publicly recognized 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for giving us that support. The recipients of our annual Director’s Community Leadership Award have made tremendous contributions toward crime and violence prevention, education and awareness programs, and efforts to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and all citizens.

Addressing the award winners during the ceremony, Director James Comey said, “You are the truly extraordinary among us….You see injustice in your communities and you take action—showing a true willingness to lead when others may choose to walk away.”

 

We present these awards publicly—first at the local FBI field office and then at this yearly national ceremony—with the hopes that others will hear the stories of the recipients and be inspired to create change in their own communities and help make their neighborhoods safer.

Here are just a few of those inspiring stories:

Congratulations to each of our award recipients for going above and beyond the call to service…for reaching out to those in need…and for supporting law enforcement’s efforts to better our communities—and our nation.

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