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The FBI Chicago Citizens Academy was established in the Chicago Division in 2003 as part of the Community Outreach Program. The purpose of the Academy is to establish and foster relationships and understanding between FBI representatives and the Chicago community. The success and local impact of this Academy has been tremendous. The Citizens Academy has given community, civic, religious and business leaders, as well as media executives, the opportunity to find out how the FBI "does business." Graduates have opportunity to join the Alumni FBICCAAA upon graduation.

The Chicago Division hosts one Academy per year and is six weeks in length. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a community, civic, religious, business leader or a media executive;

  • Must be 21 years old (with no prior felony arrests or convictions);

  • Must live or work with the jurisdiction of the Chicago FBI office;

  • Must consent and pass a limited background investigation;

  • Must sign a non-disclosure agreement;

  • SAC approval.


FBI Staff:
Birdella Braden

 Board of Directors:

Pam Connell

Vice President
Aamir Chalisa

Duane Debs

Jennifer Stegmaier

Bobby Nettles

Chicago Event Coordinator

Karen Hammarberg

Community Outreach

Becky Golchert

Rockford Liaison
Pam Connell
Heidi Garner

Communication Coordinator & Webmaster
Joseph Tamraz

Steve Bernas
Chris Helt


FBI Director met with Chicago Citizens Academy


FBI film trailer for Crossroads: Choices and Consequences



FBI Chicago Citizens Academy


Graduation day for FBI's Citizens Academy

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - ABC 7 Chicago

FBICCAAA is a private, non-for-profit organization and is not a part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.