The Citizens Academy provides business, religious, civic, and community leaders with an inside look at the FBI, building mutually beneficial relationships along the way.
Attendees typically gather one night a week over the course of six to eight weeks and learn about the mission, goals, history, and inner workings of the Bureau. They are provided with an overview of FBI and Department of Justice policies and procedures; background on the structure and operations of an FBI field office and resident agency; details on the legal basis for our jurisdiction and issues relating to congressional oversight; a summary of the services we provide to local and state law enforcement agencies; and firearms demonstrations. Attendees are also given practical problems involving the collection and preservation of physical evidence.
The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to those used at the FBI Academy. The classes are taught by FBI staff and/or representatives deemed appropriate by the special agent in charge. The following topics are included in the Citizens Academy curriculum:
Potential candidates include business, civic, religious, or community leaders who:
Any of the above requirements can be waived upon review and approval of the special agent in charge.
Citizens Academy candidates are selected by the special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, with the help of the community outreach specialist, using a nomination process. Citizens Academy Alumni Associations are prohibited from being part of the selection process.
After candidates are selected, a security check assessment is conducted by the security specialist, community outreach specialist, or other assigned employee. Once approved, candidates are notified by letter and provided with an application to determine their interest. Each selectee is also asked to submit appropriate documents to the community outreach specialist. Each class includes between 20 and 50 community leaders.
The next FBI Citizens Academy will be held in spring 2014 at the Washington Field Office’s resident agency located in Manassas, Virginia. All applications must be submitted no later than Monday, February 3, 2014, to WFOCOP@ic.fbi.gov . Citizens Academy classes will be held each Wednesday from February 26 through April 9, 2014, and the graduation event will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014.