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Cleveland Community Outreach

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Cleveland, 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 program deals with multiple interrelated societal problems—including terrorism, civil rights, gangs, drugs, and other crimes—in support of the FBI’s investigative mission. It works to build relationships in the community and to share information about the overall mission of the FBI, with the goal of reducing incidents of crime and terrorism.

The following is contact information for the Cleveland Community Outreach Program:

Phone: (216) 622-6615
Fax: (216) 622-6898 

More Details on our Program

Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is a stimulating program that gives business, religious, civic, news media, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI and an opportunity to meet the men and women of the Bureau. Students gain insight into the structure and operation of an FBI field office; learn the legal basis for the FBI’s jurisdiction and issues relating to congressional oversight; and hear about the services we provide to local and state law enforcement agencies.

Jim Tressel announces the National Child ID program

FBI offices in Cleveland and Cincinnati, along with the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), and Wal-Mart, have teamed up to promote AFCA’s National Child Identification Program. Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel (pictured here) announces the program, which provides kits for parents that include a DNA collection envelope and an inkless fingerprint card.

Presentation to students

The FBI Citizens Academy Foundation of Cleveland, whose mission is to improve understanding and encourage appreciation of law enforcement, recently partnered with the Cleveland FBI, the North Ohio Technology Association, and WVIZ/PBS to host a series of educational presentations to high school students. Presentations feature local and national speakers from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Central Intelligence Agency, and other federal agencies. An audience of high school students sees the presentation in person, while other schools take part via remote interactive access or by online streaming video.

The Cleveland Division hosts one eight-week Citizens Academy each year.  

Toledo Citizens’ Academy graduates
Toledo Citizens Academy Graduates

Future Agents in Training (FAIT)

Future Agents in Training (FAIT) is a program hosted by the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office for high school students to receive hands-on training and learn about the mission of the FBI. The next FAIT course will be held June 14-17, 2016. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.

Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST)

CREST is a shorter, more focused version of the Citizens Academy, conducted in partnership with a community group at a location of their choosing. CREST offers many of the advantages of the traditional Citizens’ Academy, exposing community leaders to the FBI, our people, and our operations while building mutual trust and good will. The CREST curriculum instructs students about the mission, goals, history, and internal workings of the FBI, and is customized to meet the needs of each organization. Any two to four of the following topics may be selected:

  • Counterterrorism
  • Foreign Counterintelligence
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Public Corruption
  • Major Thefts/Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crime
  • Civil Rights
  • Gangs
  • Drugs
  • Civil Rights
  • Recruitment and Hiring


    InfraGard is an alliance of private industry, academia, and state and local law enforcement agencies committed to sharing information and intelligence to protect our nation’s critical infrastructures. It began in Cleveland in 1996 as a local effort to gain support from the information technology industry and academia for the FBI’s investigative efforts in the cyber arena and has since grown into a national initiative.

    The joint venture has promoted a relationship of trust and credibility through the exchange of information with the owners and operators of the U.S. critical infrastructures. For more information, visit our Cleveland/Northern Ohio and Toledo InfraGard chapters.

    Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA)

    Every year, each Special Agent in Charge across the nation selects and publicly recognizes one individual or organization whose achievements in the area of terrorism, crime, drug, gang, or violence prevention and/or education have had a positive impact on the community.

    In 2013, the Cleveland Division presented its annual Director’s Community Leadership Award  to Yvonne Pointer, founder of the Gloria Pointer Scholarship Fund in memory of her daughter.

    Director Comey and Yvonne Pointer

    Public Speakers

    We offer public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the FBI’s investigative mission. Requests for speakers may be submitted online.

    Please note: FBI Cleveland requires six weeks advance notice for all requests for speakers. All requests are subject to availability.

    Speaker requests may also be made in writing and can be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed directly to Community Outreach Specialist Tamara Larkin at:

    FBI Cleveland Division
    Attention: COS Tamara Larkin
    1501 Lakeside Avenue 
    Cleveland, OH 44114


    Fax number: (216) 622-6898

    The following information is necessary to process a written request:

    • Possible date(s) of presentation;
    • Time of presentation;
    • Place of presentation;
    • Approximate length of presentation;
    • Specific topic(s) to be addressed;
    • Intended audience and audience size (industry professionals, general public, students, etc.); and
    • Contact name and telephone number for additional information and response.

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