Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: October 28, 2008

For More Information: Brenda Rayner, 901-333-4247


Memphis Section Chief of the FBI is Keynote Speaker for a Crime Prevention Luncheon

October is National Crime Prevention Month, a time when crime prevention practices and education are celebrated nationwide. Locally, the Memphis Area Exchange Club held its Annual Crime Prevention Luncheon at the Southwest Macon Cove Campus on October 17. The Exchange Club, an all-volunteer national service organization that promotes community service and leadership, is a part of the Southwest community relations network.

Four essayists, selected out of 150 entries and 18 finalists, were honored during the luncheon. Writing on the theme, "How to take a bite out of crime," were essay winners: Alex Rector - junior sheriff, Barret's Chapel Elementary; Rachel Alexander - junior chief deputy, Highland Oaks Elementary; Leeland Wilkins - junior police director, Richland Elementary; and Juan Marin - junior deputy director, Fairley Elementary.

The keynote speaker for the occasion was My Harrison, section chief of the FBI Memphis District. After an outstanding 20-year career with the agency; she was selected as the special agent in charge of the Memphis FBI Field Office in 2005. Harrison was the third African-American female to enter into the ranks of the FBI’s senior executive schedule. In her address to the fifth grade essayists being honored, she encouraged them to be the best that they can be and to always respect and treat others well while reaching for their goals. "When you get to the top, there is only one way to go and that is down. The way you land when you get from the top is determined by the way you treat people. If you treat them with disrespect, if you treat them like second-class citizens; your fall is going to be hard," said Harrison.

"I am very excited and very proud of my son," said Lee Wilkins, proud father of Junior Police Director Leeland Wilkins. "My son is a very studious young man. He is dedicated to education and learning, and I am just thrilled and excited about his achievements."

The Shelby County Sheriff and Memphis City Police departments presented the essayists with certificates and badges. The Exchange Club presented them and their schools with cash awards.

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Cutline: Pictured (first row, left to right) Alex Rector, junior sheriff; Leeland Wilkins, junior police director; Rachel Alexander, junior chief deputy; and Juan Marin, junior deputy director. Second row, Chief My Harrison, Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell, and Deputy Director Janice Pilot.

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