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.
FBI Youth Leadership Academy
The Portland Division recently held its fourth annual FBI Youth Leadership Academy over a two-day period in July. The academy is geared toward developing youth leaders by engaging them in team-building experiences, exposing them to careers in law enforcement, and teaching them to communicate across cultures. Participants have direct interaction with law enforcement officials, including FBI special agents. Youth applicants are required to attend both days of the academy. For more information, contact . Note: The application period for this program is currently closed. Please check back in early 2014 for more details.
The Portland Division is holding two Citizens Academies in 2013 (see schedule). The Citizens Academy program is designed to bring together a diverse group of business and community leaders 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 investigation 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.
All applications must be submitted online. Due to high demand, the selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. Note: Applications are no longer being accepted for the fall 2013 Citizens Academy. The FBI will begin accepting applications for the next Citizens Academy program in January 2014.
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 Rob Ingram, an advocate for youth gang and violence prevention.
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 or internship opportunities at this time. FBI Headquarters does offer some opportunities in Washington, D.C. through the Honors Internship program and other programs.
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 .
Multi-Cultural Advisory Council
The Portland Division has established a Multi-Cultural Advisory Council to help us address a variety of issues in our diverse community. The group’s goals include:
- Providing a safe haven to discuss issues with other cultures and law enforcement partners;
- Helping to create solutions as we work to address hate crime and civil rights issues;
- Serving as a resource to provide support and consultation to resolve issues between various cultures and law enforcement;
- Providing input to the FBI on how to approach culturally sensitive issues; and
- Providing communities with information to better understand their rights and responsibilities.
For more information on the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, please contact the Community Outreach office.