FBINAA Sept/Oct Magazine.2018


Johnnie Adams

Greetings to Everyone!

I am now in my third month as your president and we are moving at breakneck speed. I want to thank my fellow board members as well as our staff for their hard work to accomplish our goals to move this Association forward. I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Asia Pacific Chapter as well as the European Chapter for their hospitality and great training. I recently attended their re-trainers in Delhi, India and Helsinki, Finland. The venues were first class and it was apparent that they both worked hard to put these memorable events together. I was impressed to see the involvement of our International sessionmates and their commit- ment to our Association. If you get the opportunity to attend one of the international re-trainers you will not regret it. I would also like to ask our members to share their stories of success by contacting our National Office. During these re-trainers, I spoke about our vision, which is the “Continuous development of the world’s strongest law enforcement leadership network”. This proved to be the case in 2011 when Roger A Miller , an international fugitive wanted in Southern Florida in connection with a $5 million dollar fraud was taken into custody in Phuket, Thailand. Lieutenant Larry Horak of the Margate, Florida Police De- partment, Session 239 was the primary investigator trying to lo- cate Miller. Horak knew that Miller was in Thailand but had trou- ble locating him. Lieutenant Horak said, Quote - “I thought I had a member of my NA class from the Royal Thai Police, so I sent him an e-mail with a description of Miller, and within 24 hours, I got a response saying ‘We’ve located him—let us know what you’d like us to do.’ This shows the power and strength of the network. It is stories like these that we want to promote and capture as part of the history of our Association.

Recently, the board met in Orlando, Florida during the IACP conference to go over strategic initiatives as well as conducting our Fall Board meeting. We also had our annual reception at IACP celebrating our 25th year of Incorporation as an Association. Jus- tice Federal Credit Union as our oldest partner sponsored the event and it was a fabulous celebration. During our meetings, we came up with plans and I want to share with you some of the more important items of interest. The first is the development and launch of our new “Clowder” mem- ber engagement app. You probably saw the video of some of the preview features; but if you did not, visit www.fbinaa.org under the Membership tab to view. We are hoping to launch the app in late 2018 or early 2019. We are also working on our Wellness campaign and have locations identified so that we can push out our train the trainer program to our members and their agencies. We recently met with the Executive Director of the Below 100 Campaign and have signed a Memorandumof Understanding so that we can coordinate initia- tives and collaborate with education and outreach to our profes- sion. The Below 100 Campaign has “5 Tenets”:

• Wear your Belt. • Wear your Vest. • Watch your Speed.

• WIN – What’s Important Now? • Remember: Complacency Kills.

These tenets are so important, especially in light of recent events. I am truly saddened and my heart goes out to families, colleagues and friends of themen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect their communities. This year alone 121 law enforcement officers paid that price and lost their lives in the line of duty. What saddens me the most is the increase in gunfire deaths this year holding at 46, which is 15% higher than last year. This month alone (October) four officers have lost their lives to adversarial action involving a firearm. The issues of our soci- ety are complex and many Departments work to reduce this from

FBINAA Celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary during the FBINAA Member Reception at IACP, sponsored by JFCU. (Pictured L-R: Executive Director Howard Cook, JFCU President and CEO/CIO Mark Robnett, JFCU VP of Marketing Pat Duke and FBINAA President Johnnie Adams).

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