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The Courage to Speak Up

What do the names James Cromitie, Faisal Shahzad, and Jose Padilla have in common? Although the three men differ in age, ethnicity, and background, they are forever linked in infamy, each having been convicted of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism on United States soil. Homegrown terrorism is a real and growing threat, and one that predates 9-11. According to a 2010 Homeland Security Solutions report, 86 terrorist plots against U.S. targets were uncovered between 1999 and 2009. Although al-Qaeda-backed plots involving Islamic radicals like Shahzad receive the bulk of the media coverage, they are by no means alone. More than half the plots included in the above-mentioned report originated from individuals or groups without foreign ties. Perpetrators included white supremacists, anti-government/militia groups, and violent special interests (e.g., abortion clinic shooters).

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Supporting Articles

Local Neighborhood Watch Group Aids in Burglary Arrest,” Observer-Dispatch, Utica, NY, March 30, 2011

Neighborhood Watch Groups form in Disaster-Torn Regions,” Kyodo News International, April 2, 2011

Funds for Neighborhood Programs in Bank Communities
Bank of America Foundation: Neighborhood Excellence Initiative
The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, Bank of America’s signature philanthropic program, recognizes nonprofit organizations and individuals working to improve their communities. The Initiative’s Neighborhood Builders category provides grants of $200,000 each to two nonprofit organizations that are focused on local neighborhood priorities in each of the Bank’s 45 markets. The Local Heroes category provides grants of $5,000 each to nonprofit organizations selected by five recognized individuals in the targeted markets. Applications and nominations must be submitted online by June 1, 2011. Guidelines for both categories are available on the Bank of America website.

The Nationwide Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day will occur on Saturday, April 30, 2010
This spring the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. You can find your nearby collection site by visiting, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database, where you can enter your zip code.

CERT Webinar
Webinar on the updated CERT Basic Training and new CERT courses has been recorded and may be accessed at your convenience. Over 1,200 participants joined in the live webinar and numerous questions about the CERT training were answered. You may view the webinar recording by going to the Community Preparedness Webinar Series webpage entitled New CERT Training from FEMA and clicking on View Webinar Recording.

Building Blocks of a Law Enforcement Volunteer Program E-Learning Course
The VIPS Program offers an introductory e-learning course addressing the principles of starting a law enforcement volunteer program. This course is designed for persons charged with implementing a program in state, local, tribal, or campus law enforcement agencies. These building blocks will resonate for those with new law enforcement volunteer programs or those in the planning and program development phase. This two-hour course can be taken in one sitting or at your own speed. Once all modules have been viewed and a basic test has been passed, you will receive a certificate of completion.Click here to register for this training. For more information, contact The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program at (800) 843-4227 x 808 or

Upcoming Events:

May 17-18: Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Training Traverse City, MI Register Online

May 18-21, 2011: 26th National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community in Miami Florida

August 8-11, 2011: Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, TX and hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

October 3-5, 2011: National Triad Conference held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Illinois Triad Conference in Tinley Park, IL.

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Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

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