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Houston, TX

2008 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Houston Katherine Cabaniss
Houston Crime Stoppers
Director Mueller and Katherine Cabaniss

Ms. Katherine Cabaniss, Director of Houston Crime Stoppers, is recognized for her outstanding contribution in assisting law enforcement agencies at all levels, particularly the Houston Field Division, in solving and preventing felony crimes. Ms. Cabaniss’ ability to bring together media resources, concerned citizens, local law enforcement agencies, and the criminal justice system, has been unwavering and a force-multiplier for law enforcement agencies in Houston and Harris County.

Ms. Cabaniss, a 2008 FBI Citizen’s Academy graduate, has served as Executive Director of Crime Stoppers since September 2006. Previously, she was an Assistant District Attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for 11 years. While in the DA’s office, Ms. Cabaniss was promoted to Chief Prosecutor in the Trial Bureau, where she prosecuted felonies, including aggravated robbery, sexual assault, and capital murder. She was also assigned to the Major Fraud Division of the Special Crimes Bureau where she specialized in the prosecution of white collar crime and identity theft.

Ms. Cabaniss has been very innovative in addressing community crime problems. She and the Crime Stoppers organization were instrumental in the creation of a television news segment titled “The Wheel of Justice.” Each night on a local news telecast, the Wheel profiles a wanted felon and asks the community for tips. Ms. Cabaniss and local law enforcement officers are interviewed for the stories. The “Wheel of Justice” has been extremely successful, and to date, over 115 felons have been arrested and taken off Houston streets because of this telecast.

As a result of Crime Stoppers’ Safe Child Initiative, more than 150 felons who were wanted for crimes against children were located, arrested, and brought to justice. In the next year, new campaigns are scheduled to be launched to reduce and prevent domestic violence and protect battered women and children. Additionally, Crime Stoppers tip lines were recently expanded to address human trafficking, and phone personnel received special training to identify and assist human trafficking victims. This is a first-of-its-kind effort in the country.

FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2008 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Clarksburg
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- El Paso
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- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles

- Memphis
- Miami
- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field

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