This is archived material from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) website. It may contain outdated information and links may no longer function.


2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Houston Stephen Gartrell

Houston field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The Houston Division is pleased to honor Mr. Stephen Gartrell, of Netsential, for his work designing and hosting websites that educate the public about crime and terrorism. Through his work, Mr. Gartrell has encouraged the public to work with law enforcement in an effort to reduce crime in the community.

Mr. Gartrell began his partnership with the Houston FBI after 9/11, when he joined forces with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to create the Texas Coast Regional Advisory System (TCRAS). TCRAS is a website for those involved in privately owned critical infrastructure to report suspicious activity. TCRAS is also used to send advisories to all members when a relevant threat arises. This innovative, web-based collaboration received top honors at the 2003 National Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.

In 2003, Mr. Gartrell continued his partnership with the FBI and developed a website for the Counterterrorism Intelligence Group (CTIG). This site provided updates on threat information and posted training opportunities for law enforcement. As a result, the Houston CTIG received the 2004 Director’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law Enforcement Community.

Mr. Gartrell has also developed interactive crime-fighting websites for the FBI Los Angeles JTFF, FBI Columbia Field Intelligence Group, FBI National Academy Associates, and multiple state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.


High resolution image


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
DCLA Award 2011 thumbnail image

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2011 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 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

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

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
Office of Public Affairs 

Read related story on 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards ceremony