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Alicia Wadas recently received a first-ever recognition for her impact while serving as president of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association

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In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, sponsored by, host Jim Dudley speaks with Alicia Wadas, who has been honored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for her exceptional service in the public interest.

The award is a one-time, first-ever recognition that spotlights her impact while serving as president of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBINCAAA), an FBI community outreach partner.

Alicia Wadas is a successful businesswoman with Lavidge, a Phoenix advertising agency, where she has been for 20 years and is currently the chief operating officer and executive vice president.

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Alicia Wadas and her brother Charles R. Smith at the FBINCAAA General Conference at FBI HQ.

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Top quotes from this episode

There are citizens who believe in what law enforcement is doing and supports them.”

When I hear my neighbors talk about what is going on in the news and ask ‘Why didn’t he just tase him?” I encourage them not to fall in to that social media frenzy and to step back for a moment.”

more information on the FBI Citizen’s Academy

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