FBI Citizens' Academy
FBI Citizens’ Academy
|A Citizens’ Academy class in Cincinnati listens to a presentation|
from the Special Agent in Charge
The Cincinnati Division has been hosting FBI Citizens’ Academy classes since 2000. The Citizens’ Academy provides community leaders with an inside look at the FBI. In the academy, participants learn about the structure and operation of the FBI; discuss investigative techniques used in criminal, counterintelligence, and terrorism investigations; view evidence recovery and analysis methods; and have the opportunity to participate in a firearms demonstration.
The curriculum is similar to the traditional methods used at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, but geared toward non-law enforcement participants. Presentations are provided by special agents and FBI experts with a free exchange of questions and observations. The Citizens’ Academy works to foster greater understanding of the FBI’s role in the community through the presentations, discussions, and demonstrations. The academy also builds relationships and develops partnerships that can help reduce crime in the communities we serve.
|Members of the Citizens’ Academy class at the firearms range|
In 2011, our Citizens’ Academy ran for eight straight weeks in the spring. We hosted classes simultaneously in our Cincinnati and Columbus offices one evening a week for approximately three hours each night. In addition to the traditional classroom presentations, participants had the opportunity to view evidence recovery techniques used at crime scenes and to try our Firearms Training Simulator, which allows participants to experience situations similar to those our agents face when confronting potentially dangerous suspects. Citizens’ Academy class members were also invited to participate in a session at a firearms range, where they viewed a demonstration by our and had the chance to fire the same weapons used by our agents.
|Members of the Citizens’ Academy class|
visit the FBI Laboratory at Quantico
In addition, we offer students an opportunity to visit the in Quantico, Virginia for a unique tour and series of briefings from the Academy staff. Participants on this optional trip get to see how our , visit the and see where our trains each day. They also attend a series of presentations at in Washington.
The basic requirements to participate in the Citizens’ Academy include:
- Being at least 21 years of age;
- Having no prior felony convictions;
- Living and/or working within the Cincinnati Division’s jurisdiction; and
- Passing a limited background investigation.
Citizens’ Academy graduates are eligible to become members of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation of Cincinnati, which works with the FBI to promote a safer community through educational and service projects. If you would like to be considered for a future Citizens’ Academy class, please fill out the Cincinnati Division’s Citizens’ Academy .