Portland Community Outreach
Portland, 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.
The Portland Division is holding two Citizens Academies in 2014 (see ). The Citizens Academy program is designed to bring together a to learn about the FBI’s work in Oregon and around the world. There are six evening sessions and one weekday session. Participants are required to attend all sessions and to complete a background check prior to admittance. After graduation, participants have the opportunity to join the Oregon FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association and to continue the partnership with our office.
Applications are submitted electronically. Due to high demand, the selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. Applications for the spring class are no longer being accepted. The application deadline for the Fall 2014 Citizens Academy is July 18, 2014.
FBI Youth Leadership Academy
The Portland Division will hold its fifth annual FBI Youth Leadership Academy July 16-18, 2014. The academy gives motivated high school students the chance to develop leadership skills by engaging them in team-building experiences, exposing them to careers in law enforcement, and encouraging them to communicate and collaborate across cultures. Participants have direct interaction with FBI special agents and community leaders throughout the program. Activities will include interview/resume skills, physical fitness, hands-on forensics work, and participation in a mock crime scene investigation. Students must attend all days of the academy, and we anticipate offering more opportunities for graduates of the program throughout the upcoming school year.
The application period for 2014 has closed. We anticipate accepting applications for the 2015 summer session in the spring of 2015.
For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist Beth Anne Steele.
The Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) is a one-day, intensive training offered to community groups. Each group determines who participates and where the training takes place. Background checks are not necessary. Working with our office, the group selects two to three topics on which its members will receive training over the eight-hour session. Topics can include terrorism, frauds/scams, identity theft, hate crimes/civil rights, cyber crimes, Internet safety, and more.
Director’s Community Leadership Award
This program was launched in 1990 to recognize individuals or organizations that have had a positive impact in our community. Over the last few years, the award has gained significant importance and prestige, with the Director of the FBI personally making this presentation to those who have made an impact in the areas of crime reduction, drug deterrence, and other public safety and security initiatives. Our most recent recipient was Tami Wallis, manager of the Second Chance Program with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
The Portland Division offers speakers for groups throughout Oregon on a variety of topics, including:
- Violent crime
- Organized crime and drugs
- Frauds and scams
- Identity theft
- Hate crimes/civil rights
- Victim assistance
- Becoming an agent
All requests for speakers must be submitted through the website or received in writing.
If you are submitting the request in writing, make sure to include the:
- Date, time, and location of presentation;
- Approximate duration of the presentation;
- Specific topic(s) desired;
- Type of audience (general public, professionals, students, etc.);
- Deadline for response; and
- Point of contact (name and telephone number).
Job Shadows and Internships
Due to security requirements, the Portland Division does not offer job shadow opportunities at this time. The FBI does offer an Honors Internship program for college-aged students.
The Portland Division offers a limited number of tours of our office for student groups, Scout troops, and other community organizations as time and resources permit. E-mail your tour request to the .
For more information on the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, please contact the Community Outreach office.