The New Haven chapter was well represented by three Board members and two members at the annual National CAAA conference in San Antonio last week. Our field office community outreach team of two also attended, showing their support for our chapter’s activities and mission.
The conference was also well represented by the FBI, including Paul Bresson, Unit Chief FBI HQ, who covered our compliance obligations partnered along with Keven Jensen, the National CAAA President . Jackie Maguire, FBI Acting Assistant Director of the Office of Public Affairs, covered the State of the FBI and took attendees’ many curious questions.
In both cases, it was emphasized that the FBI sees us as not just an important partner in deploying its community outreach mission, but literally a part of the FBI family. Many positive messages and thanks were received for our efforts, including from Tracy Ballinger, Community Outreach FBI HQ, who we met during our Washington, DC trips.
A video from Director Wray created specifically for our conference was shown (the National website will have a link to it). He expressed his support for the Association and continued the sentiment that we’re considered part of the FBI family.
The annual best practices survey results were released and made available on the National website – recommended reading for all Board members for many insights into chapter operations best practices and ideas. As is the new chapter guidance policy manual (“Red Book”) we received – hoping to have the online links to all of you in the near term.
Chapters shared their programs and initiatives (as did New Haven of course)
In the compliance area, 1) a new form of Memorandum of Agreement was introduced and 2) a consolidation of the three Board certifications was announced. Background was provided as to why these are being introduced.
Chapters now have access to a vendor which will offer chapter merchandise, with many products available and all in compliance with the CAAA logo requirements. This will include the challenge coins and booth tablecloth.
The major crimes coverage by the investigating FBI special agents covered the Las Vegas mass shooting as well as public corruption that devastated a small Texas town.
President Bill Wade continued to develop important relationships among the National Board and other chapter leadership, which will help us in the various nation-wide programs we’re supporting. In addition, our chapter posted our vote for the slate of National officers and we have posted other photos on our Facebook page.
Our donated Connecticut-based items brought in $45 at the silent auction, to benefit the national organization