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Paul Moskal to receive Founders Award from the FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy Alumni Association

BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | November 08, 2012

BUFFALO - Paul Moskal, former chief division counsel and supervisory special agent with the Buffalo division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was honored by the FBI Buffalo Citizens Academy Alumni Association with its Founders Award.

The Founders Award was presented during the organizationís annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Pearl Street Grille.

Moskal joined the FBI just after graduating law school at the University at Buffalo. His travels took him around the world but it is his work in Buffalo that merits special recognition.

For much of his tenure in Buffalo, Moskal was the face of the agency. When crimes were committed, investigations launched, arrests made and trials set, it was he who provided comment and perspective for the media.

He was always mindful that the agency follow the letter and the intent of the law when conducting probes and collecting evidence.

Moskal was one of the principal architects of the Citizens Academy and helped Buffalo become one of the first division offices in the country to embrace the concept. His leadership in developing the course curriculum and promoting the program have been key to its ongoing success.

He was also instrumental in the creation of the Alumni Association and his support continued even after his retirement from active service.

About 500 business, civic and community leaders in both Buffalo and Rochester have graduated from the Citizens Academy since its inception.

While retired as an active agent, Moskal continues to work.

Currently he is part of a private-public consortium that deals with issues of intelligence and national security.

The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association is pleased to honor Moskal as the 2012 recipient of the Founderís Award.

The award, in its second year, was established to honor individuals whose vision, leadership and commitment to the Citizens Academy, as well as their outstanding service to the community, stand out at exemplary. Bernie Tolbert, former special agent in charge of the Buffalo division, is the only other individual to date to receive this award.

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