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Charlotte Community Outreach

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Charlotte, like each of the FBI’s local field offices, has a community outreach program that complements and strengthens our many efforts to protect you, your businesses, and your families in concrete ways through a range of activities and initiatives.

Our recent activities include:

FBI Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is a stimulating eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. It fosters a relationship and understanding between the FBI and its community.

Classes are taught by FBI executives, senior special agents, and program managers. Potential candidates must be at least 21 years of age, must have no prior felony convictions, must live or work within the jurisdiction of the local FBI field office, and must pass a background check.

The application period for the 2015 Citizens Academy in Charlotte is now closed. The course is scheduled to run March 4 through April 29, 2015. Academy sessions will be held at the FBI Charlotte Field Office, located at 7915 Microsoft Way in Charlotte, on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will also be a Saturday morning firearms and SWAT demonstration at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department firearms range (date and time to be determined). The deadline to apply is January 9, 2015.

CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training) Program

This is a short, focused version of the Citizens Academy, conducted in partnership with a community group at an offsite location. Adult 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 (no background checks).

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 of the below topics can be selected:

  • Counterterrorism (learn how the FBI prevents, disrupts, and defeats international and domestic terrorist operations before they occur);
  • Counterintelligence (espionage, foreign intelligence operations, and weapons of mass destruction);
  • Cyber crime (cyber-based attacks, online exploitation, critical infrastructure, crimes against children, and Internet safety);
  • Civil rights (hate crimes, color of law, and human trafficking);
  • White-collar crime (identity theft, financial institution fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, and public corruption);
  • Violent crimes (bank robbery, major thefts, fugitives, and organized crime);
  • Evidence recovery; and/or
  • Recruitment and internships.

A CREST program usually lasts two to four hours. Participants receive a certificate of completion after the training

Director’s Community Leadership Award

Each year since 1990, FBI special agents in charge have had the opportunity to select an individual or organization that has contributed greatly to local crime, drug, and/or violence prevention and to present this person or group with the Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). The 2014 DCLA for North Carolina was presented to High Point Community Against Violence.

Community Engagement Council/Multi-Cultural Advisory Council

Charlotte also hosts a Community Engagement Council (CEC) meeting twice a year with community leaders. The CEC was designed to serve as a proactive opportunity to discuss individual and group issues affecting various communities by engaging in open dialogue to promote general communication, awareness and education. The group meets with division executive management in April and October.

Speakers’ Bureau

The Charlotte Division offers public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the Bureau’s investigative mission. All requests for speakers must be submitted online.

Please note: Request for speakers must be received by the Charlotte FBI office a minimum of eight weeks prior to your presentation date. All requests are subject to availability.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

  • FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) initiative;
  • FBI Child ID app;
  • National Night Out;
  • Engaging in and attending various multi-cultural events held by Asian, Indian, Hispanic, Muslim, and other groups within our diverse community;
  • Supporting our Citizens Academy graduates, who band together in the North Carolina Citizens Academy Alumni chapter to create crime prevention programs and other initiatives that benefit communities.
Taking target practice on Citizens Academy range day
Taking target practice on Citizens Academy range day


Visit our national In Your Community website for more information about our overall outreach efforts and our work in other local FBI offices.