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Boston Community Outreach

The only non-investigative program in the Bureau, our Community Outreach Program helps educate communities on crime, drugs, gangs, and violence, working specifically with community organizations, schools, and the workplace. This program supports the investigative mission of the FBI by providing and developing programs that help reduce societal problems that lead to crime and terrorism.

The following are our outreach programs in the Boston Division:

Career Days/Career Fairs/Business Presentations

The Boston Division is available to make presentations and to attend career days and fairs in the New England area. To request a speaker, please e-mail our Community Outreach Specialist at susan.durkin@ic.fbi.gov. Please keep in mind that we need at least four to six weeks advance notice.

Youth Academy Program

FBI Boston employee talks to students in the Youth Academy Program

The FBI Youth Academy Program educates high school students about the mission, goals, and inner workings of the FBI. We detail the policies, procedures, initiatives, and techniques that guide our investigations. We talk about our major investigations and provide a variety of “hands-on” exercises that illustrate the duties and responsibilities of the FBI.

Candidates for this program must be between the ages of 14 and 17 and must obtain permission from a parent/guardian and school principal or guidance counselor. Candidates must also complete an application and agree to attend the entire day’s session. The Youth Academy Program is held once a year.

FBI Citizens Academy

The Boston Citizens Academy builds lasting relationships with community and business leaders in the New England area through an intensive program that provides an inside look at the FBI over the course of several weeks. The sessions include presentations on our efforts to combat terrorism, violent crime, organized crime and drugs, and white-collar crime.

The Academy runs six consecutive Thursday evenings from April through May. A Saturday session includes a SWAT demonstration and hands-on shooting.

Citizens Academy Alumni Association

Graduates of the Citizens Academy are invited to join the Citizens Academy Alumni Association, a valuable asset to the Boston Division. The association acts as an ambassador for the FBI through outreach efforts and assists with each new Academy class. Alumni receive updates from FBI personnel, participate in the “Alumni Day at the Range,” take a trip to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and to FBI Headquarters, and attend events planned by the Alumni Association Board.

CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training)

The FBI CREST is a shorter, more focused version of the Citizens Academy, conducted in partnership with a community group at an offsite location. Students learn about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI, but the sessions are customized to meet the needs of each organization. CREST serves as a means for the FBI and participating communities to exchange information, enabling crime problems to be identified and addressed. The goal of CREST is to foster a greater understanding of the role of the federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education.

Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee

We host meetings for area ethnic, religious, and cultural leaders through our Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee. The committee works to open a dialogue with these leaders on key issues so that Boston Division leadership and FBI Headquarters community relations experts better understand local communities. Committee members meet quarterly to discuss topics and to learn about our mission, protocol, and procedures.

Director’s Community Leadership Award

Every year, we join with field offices nationwide in honoring compassionate and caring leaders who have made a positive difference in our community. This special award, presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI, was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America. The Boston Division presents this award to a deserving individual or organization in an official ceremony held at our office. In addition to our local ceremony, recipients of this award are invited to meet with the Director of the FBI in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, we honored Mr. James Geraghty, a successful businessman whose greatest passion is working with disadvantaged youth and giving back to the community.

For More Information

Contact the Boston Division’s Community Outreach Specialist, Susan Durkin, at (617) 223-6116 or at susan.durkin@ic.fbi.gov.