The DCLA is presented annually by the FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, to a recipient in each of the FBI’s 56 domestic field offices. Established in 1990, the DCLA is designed to publicly recognize an individual or organization that has helped with crime prevention and educational programs within their community which have furthered the efforts of law enforcement.
In selecting Mr. Deeb as the 2011 recipient of this prestigious award, noted were his many contributions over the years as a community leader who proactively stays on the forefront in an effort to build better relationships between the private sector and the community. Mr. Deeb co-founded and annually coordinates Metro Detroit Youth Day (MDYD), an event that draws more than 35,000 to Belle Isle each July.
MDYD is the largest youth event in Michigan, and has drawn over 700,000 youth over the years. The youth day event was inspired following altercations in 1980 between youth and area retailers in Detroit. The mayor met with community leaders to calm tensions, and Ed Deeb met with retailers urging them to be more sensitive to youth in an effort to help restore calm to the community. The mayor personally asked Ed Deeb to do something to help resolve the rising tensions between area businesses and youth residing in business communities.
Not only has MDYD become a yearly tradition that is highly anticipated by thousands of youth each year, it has become a national model youth event, and has received countless honors and proclamations from all areas of our state and nation to include the Point of Light Award from President George H.W. Bush.
Co-founder Ed Deeb is the driving force of MDYD. He is chairman and coordinator and donates much of his time and energy to this event.
It is with great pleasure that the Detroit Division awards Mr. Edward Deeb with the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., at the office of the Detroit Division FBI, located at 477 Michigan Avenue, 26th floor, Detroit, Michigan 48226.
If you are interested in attending, please contact PAS Simon Shaykhet.