CREST

Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST)

Agent Pamela Kirchner and SSA James Welch at Philadephia CREST
Special Agent Pamela Kirchner of our Philadelphia field office (second from right) conducts a fingerprinting exercise for local Arab Americans during a CREST presentation, as Supervisory Special Agent James Welch (far right) looks on.


The FBI CREST is a shorter, more focused version of the Citizens’ Academy, conducted in partnership with a community group at an offsite location. Students learn about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI, but the sessions are customized to meet the needs of each organization.

CREST serves as a means to exchange information between the FBI and the participating communities. Through this exchange, criminal problems affecting communities will be identified and addressed. Any two of the topics below can be selected.

  • Counterterrorism
  • Foreign Counterintelligence
  • Cyber Crime
  • Public Corruption
  • Major Thefts/Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crime Program
  • Civil Rights
  • Recruitment and Hiring