Junior Special Agent Program
May 10, 2013
The FBI partners with elementary schools across the country to teach students how to be law-abiding citizens.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI partners with elementary school students across the country to teach students how to be law-abiding citizens. It’s called the Junior Special Agent Program.
I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is FBI, This Week. Holly Henry is a community outreach specialist at the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
Holly Henry: It’s also to teach them about the FBI.
Halpern: At Norwood Elementary School in West Virginia, FBI agents and support employees met with students every other week throughout the school year. Among their assignments, junior special agents must take a pledge of duty. Eleven-year old Madison, a recent graduate, can recite it by heart.
Madison: I promise to be a good citizen. I will obey all the laws of my country and will do my best in school.
Halpern: Students who pass the program receive credentials and badges that look like the ones belonging to FBI special agents. Students also come away with some important life lessons.
Madison: I learned some things you shouldn’t do because we learned about some people that have done bad things. And, they didn’t end up probably how your parents want you to grow up.
Halpern: For more information, visit www.fbi.gov