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Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy

The Kansas City Division Citizens Academy began in 1999 and is an eight-week program held in the spring and fall annually, generally March/April and September/October. Classes take place on Wednesday evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the FBI office in Kansas City. Additionally, there is one Saturday session and an evening graduation.

Nominations for the spring class are open the previous November, and nominations for the fall class are in June of that calendar year. The academy’s objectives are:

  • To increase public awareness about the FBI, its mission, its activities, and its people;
  • To provide an avenue for the FBI to hear and respond to community issues and concerns; and
  • To strengthen relationships and improve understanding between the FBI and the communities we serve.

Because we receive an overwhelming number of nominations per session, we strive to select attendees who represent the community—from non-profits, businesses, and civic and religious organizations. You may self nominate, but nominations are also accepted from current or retired FBI employees or from previous graduates.

To submit a nomination, please send a letter stating that you are interested in attending the FBI Citizens Academy, outlining your community involvement etc., and detailing why you would like to attend. Most nominees submit a biography with their application.

From 25 to 27 nominees per session are selected and notified by mail and asked to complete a full application. The information provided is used for a limited background check, which is necessary because classes take place in FBI space. Because of the volume of applicants, we do not notify those who are not selected. Non-selected nominees, however, can be considered for future sessions.

Please send your letter of nomination to:

Bridget Patton
FBI Kansas City Division
1300 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Bridget.patton@ic.fbi.gov