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The FBI created the DCLA in 1990 to honor dedicated individuals and organizations from across the country for their extraordinary contributions to strengthening communities and reducing crime and violence. Every year, field offices select recipients for this award on behalf of the FBI Director to recognize their tremendous support.

FBI Director Christopher Wray honored the 2022 DCLA recipients at a ceremony held at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Like the 38,000 employees of the FBI,” Director Wray told the honorees, “you don’t do what you do for fame – and certainly not for fortune. You do it out of kindness, out of compassion for others, out of a hope and a dream for safer communities, to leave your towns and cities better places than when you got there. And that’s how I’ve defined success here within our organization, too. Success to me is if everyone leaves the FBI a better place than they found it.”