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FBI Columbia Citizens Academy Alumni Association

"The FBI Columbia Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI CCAAA) is a nonprofit organization, separate and apart from the FBI. It is designed to promote a safer community through the initiation of community service projects and the education of business, labor, media, medical, minority, religious, government, senior citizen, and other community leaders about law enforcement, with particular emphasis on the mission, resources, and limitations of the FBI. The FBI CCAAA goals include: 

(A) Providing a forum for strengthening the relationship and improving the understanding between the FBI Columbia Division and the community it serves. 

(B) Facilitating the continuing education of FBI Citizens Academy graduates about the FBI, its mission, activities, and people. 

​(C) Nominate candidates for enrollment in the FBI Citizens Academy who will serve as ambassadors and effective advocates for the FBI and federal law enforcement."

Regional Directors:
Director of Charleston – Tim Kulp
Director of Columbia – Kim Boufawaz
Director of Greenville – Doug Kopscik
Director of Myrtle Beach – Wendy Williams

Board of Directors:
Director of Activities – Bill Oden
Director of Communications – Betty Houbion
Director of Compliance – John Sjoholm
Director of Fundraising – Marc Marowitz
Director of Membership – Nathan Phillips

Executive Members:
President – Jason Cherry
President-Elect – Open
Vice President – Open
Secretary – Open
Treasurer – Open
Current Past President – Tony Peake
Past President - Charles Brooks

The FBI Columbia Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBICCAAA) is a tax exempt 501-C-3 organization dedicated to supporting the mission of the local FBI offices in the state of South Carolina.​

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On June 29, 1908, Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte ordered the creation of a special agent force in the Department of Justice. His order reassigned 23 investigators already employed by the Department and permanently hired eight more agents from the Treasury Department.The FBI, first known as the Bureau of Investigation, was created on July 26, 1908. Using Department of Justice expense funds, he hired thirty-four people, including some veterans of the Secret Service, to work for the new investigative agency. The bureau's first official task was visiting and making surveys of the houses of prostitution in preparation for enforcing the "White Slave Traffic Act" or Mann Act, passed on June 25, 1910.

In 1933, the BOI was linked to the Bureau of Prohibition and rechristened the Division of Investigation (DOI) before finally becoming an independent service within the Department of Justice in 1935, changing its name to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The first "Chief" (now known as "Director") of the FBI, at the time Bureau of Investigation, was Stanley Finch. Later J. Edgar Hoover served as the FBI Director from 1924 to 1972, a combined 48 years with the BOI, DOI, and FBI. He was chiefly responsible for creating the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, or the FBI Laboratory, which began in 1932, as part of his work to professionalize investigations. Hoover was substantially involved in most major cases and projects that the FBI handled during his tenure but was a highly controversial Bureau Director during his tenure. After Hoover's death, the Congress passed legislation that limited the tenure of future FBI Directors to ten years.

Melvin Purvis from Timmonsville, South Carolina, was one of the first and most high profile FBI agents in the early years of the organization, having lead manhunts that captured or killed famous criminals such as Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger, and Pretty Boy Floyd. For more information on Melvin Purvis, watch SCETV’s G-Man: The Rise and Fall of Melvin Purvis.  

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