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Community Outreach

San Francisco Community Outreach

Phone: (415) 553-7400

San Francisco, 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.

Citizens Academy and Teen Academy

Our recent activities include:

  • In December 2014, we presented our annual Director’s Community Leadership Award to Ms. Lynette M. Parker, associate clinical professor at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, for her assistance to victims of human trafficking throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • In October 2014, our 15th session of the Citizens Academy program was held at the Caltrans auditorium in Oakland, California. We would like to thank Caltrans for providing an interactive learning environment for the participants of our fall class. Thirty-five members of our community had the opportunity to learn firsthand about FBI operations and programs. The Citizens Academy program not only demystifies our work, it helps us forge new working relationships in the community.
  • In April 2014, we graduated the sixth class of our Teen Academy, a program that provides Bay Area high school students the opportunity to spend a day learning about the FBI and our programs.
  • We continue to proactively speak with children and teens about the importance of cyber safety. The FBI’s Safe Online Surfing program is a vehicle through which we are able to teach 3rd through 8th graders to use the Internet in a safe and intelligent manner.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

  • Meeting with civic organizations to talk about what the FBI can do with them and for them and hosting town hall meetings as needed to dialogue on key issues;
  • Sending our special agents and professional staff employees to schools, businesses, and civic meetings to explain emerging crime and security threats and to provide briefings on how to prevent being victimized by these threats;
  • Working with local community, civic, and business organizations through the Community Relations Executive Seminar Training program, where students learn about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI in this more focused version of a Citizens Academy;
  • Teaming up with our local law enforcement partners and speaking with elementary, middle, and high school students about safe Internet and online practices;
    FBI San Francisco ERT Day with SFCAAA
    A member of the San Francisco Citizens Academy Alumni Association participates in “CSI Day.”
  • Hosting Adopt-A-School programs that put volunteer agents and staff members inside classrooms to mentor and tutor “at risk” kids;
  • Supporting the graduates of our Citizens Academies, who often band together in local alumni chapters to create programs to address crime and security threats and to provide specific advice on how to prevent being victimized by these threats; and
  • Encouraging citizens to step forward to report crime and serve as witnesses in court.

Office tours

Tours of the FBI San Francisco Field Office are presently closed and no date has been set for reopening.

Speaking engagements

All requests for speakers must be submitted at least two months in advance and must be submitted online.

Please note: FBI San Francisco requires eight weeks’ advance notice for all requests for speakers. All requests are subject to availability.

FBI San Francisco at MLB SF Giants Safety Night August 2011
The FBI is represented at the San Francisco Giants’ family safety night.

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