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Citizens Academy
The Citizens Academy is a stimulating program that gives media executives, business, religious, civic, and community leaders a chance to get an inside look at the FBI and to meet the dedicated men and women of the FBI. During the Academy, students participate in firearms demonstrations and gain insight into the structure and operation of an FBI Field Office; obtain an overview of the legal basis for the FBI’s jurisdiction and issues relating to congressional oversight; and learn about the services the FBI provides to local and state law enforcement agencies.

Want to find out first hand how the FBI works? Hear how the Bureau tracks down spies and terrorists? Learn how to collect and preserve evidence? See what it is like to fire a weapon and put yourself in the shoes of a Special Agent making a split-second, life-or-death decision?

If you are a leader in your community, you just might be able to do that and more through an FBI Citizens Academy.

Who attends? Business, civic, and religious leaders. You must be at least 18 years old (with no prior felony convictions) and must live and work in the area covered by the field office sponsoring the academy.

Who teaches? Special Agents in Charge of a field office, senior managers, and senior agent experts.

For how long? Classes generally meet 6 times for three hours each session. Each session has around 20-30 students.

How Often? The Chicago Division hosts one Academy each year.

The curriculum? Fascinating!

  • Practical problems involving evidence collection and preservation.

  • FBI jurisdiction and congressional oversight.

  • Structure and operation of FBI field offices and resident agencies.

  • Fingerprint, forensic, technology, training, and other services

  • Policies and issues: ethics, discipline, communications, civil rights, and criminal trends.

  • Firearms training.


Useful Links:
Active Shooter Guide
U.S. Active Shooter Events

Workplace Violence
Those Terrible First Few Minutes

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