Community Outreach 

LAPD Detective Cedric Washington Discusses the Community Impact Initiative

The FBI’s Community Outreach Program supports the Bureau’s investigative mission by working to address multiple interrelated societal problems—including crime, drugs, gangs, terrorism, and violence. Linking community service, prevention, and law enforcement is a national trend spurred by grass roots efforts around the country, and FBI employees have joined this movement, volunteering in a wide variety of community-related efforts.

Outreach Professionals

Social Media Outreach

Community Relations Flickr Gallery
Community Relations Facebook

Virtual Teen Academy 

The Fall 2020 Chicago Division FBI Virtual Teen Academy will welcome high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors to this event on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

The application and supporting essay must be received via email or traditional mail at one of the following addresses by 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2020, for panel review. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

FBI - Chicago Division
Attn: Community Outreach
2111 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608


Citizens Academy 

Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is an engaging six-to-eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Classes meet in the evening at the FBI field office. The mission of the FBI Citizens Academy is to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education.

Candidates are nominated by FBI employees, former Citizens Academy graduates, and community leaders. Participants are selected by the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.

Director's Community Leadership Award 

Since 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Awards has been the principal means for the FBI to publicly recognize achievements of individuals and organizations that make extraordinary contributions to education and the prevention of crime and violence in their communities. Each field office nominates an individual or organization for the award, and, once selected, the recipients are invited to a ceremony and reception at FBI Headquarters.

2017 DCLA Recipient

FBI Chicago Announces Recipient of Director’s Community Leadership Award

The FBI Chicago Field Office presented Sally B. Hazelgrove with the 2017 FBI’s Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for her work to keep at-risk youth from being involved in gang activity.

2016 DCLA Recipient

FBI Chicago Honors Community Activist Andrew Holmes for His Work to Help Police Fight Violent Crime

The FBI Chicago Field Office presented community activist Andrew Holmes with the 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA).

Child ID App 

The Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children on your smartphone (note: no information is stored or collected by the FBI). In the event your child goes missing, users can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, users can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities.

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe, as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

Chasing the Dragon

The FBI, in partnership with the DEA, created a short documentary focusing on the crisis of prescription drug and opioid abuse. The film, Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, outlines the dangerous cycle of opioid and prescription drug abuse—how the problem starts, how the addiction takes hold, and how that addiction damages one’s life and body. High school students and all ages above are the target audience for this video and the curriculum/facilitated discussion that accompanies it.


FBI-SOS is a free, fun, and informative program that promotes cyber citizenship by educating students in third to eighth grades on the essentials of online security. For teachers, the site provides a ready-made curriculum that meets state and federal Internet safety mandates, complete with online testing and a national competition to encourage learning and participation. A secure online system enables teachers to register their schools, manage their classes, automatically grade their students’ exams, and request the test scores.

Anyone—young or old, in the U.S. or worldwide—can complete the activities on the FBI-SOS website. The testing and competition, however, are only open to students in grades 3-8 at public, private, or home schools in the U.S. or its territories.

Think Before You Post 

Informational graphic depicting a cell phone texting conversation that states the fact that making hoax threats against schools and other public places is a serious federal crime.

The FBI has an awareness campaign to educate the public about the consequences of making hoax threats of violence to schools, events, and other public places. The Think Before You Post campaign serves to remind everyone that any threat is taken with the utmost seriousness and will be quickly and thoroughly addressed by law enforcement. Hoax threats are not a joke; they are a crime.

In the aftermath of tragic shootings like the ones at Santa Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the FBI and law enforcement agencies around the country often see an increase in threats made to schools, events, and other public buildings. Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, or through email—is a federal crime (threatening interstate communications). Those who post or send these threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, or they can face state or local charges.

Countering Violent Extremism

Screenshot of the Don't Be a Puppet website.

Don’t Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism is an interactive website that uses activities, quizzes, videos, and other materials to teach teens how to recognize violent extremist messaging and become more resistant to self-radicalization and possible recruitment.

The website makes teens aware of the destructive reality of various forms of violent extremism, including hateful attacks based on race, religion, or other factors. Through its Don’t Be a Puppet theme, the program encourages teens to think for themselves and display a healthy skepticism if they come across anyone who appears to be advocating extremist violence.

Explorer Post  

Explorers from the FBI’s New York Office at the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference, which was held July 14-19, 2014 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Law Enforcement Explorer is a youth program that exposes young members of the community between the ages of 14 and 20 to the possibility of a law enforcement career. The Chicago Field Office mentors high school students through FBI Explorer Post #1920, which works to instill the basic tenets of civic responsibility through training, leadership, teamwork, discipline, and friendship while educating those with an interest in a future law enforcement career.

Community Awareness Presentations 

The Community Awareness Presentation (CAP) is a shorter, more focused version of the FBI Citizens Academy program and is conducted in partnership with a specific community group, generally at an offsite location. The program is designed to build trust and strengthen relationships between the FBI and the communities we serve. Community groups are encouraged to identify topics that are of concern or relevant to their group or organization for the FBI to discuss. Classes are taught by FBI subject matter experts. Generally the participants are selected by members of their organizations or community and there is no restriction on audience size. To request a presentation, please contact your local FBI field office.

Speaker Requests 

The Chicago FBI offers public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the Bureau’s investigative mission. All requests for speakers must be received in writing and include the following information:

  • Date, time, and place of presentation

  • Approximate length of presentation

  • Specific topic(s) to be addressed

  • Intended audience (industry professionals, general public, students, etc.)

  • Deadline for response

  • Address to send response

  • Contact name and telephone number to obtain additional information

Requests should be mailed to FBI Chicago, Attention: Speakers Coordinator, COS Jay Mroszczak, 2111 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608. Requests for speakers must be received a minimum four weeks prior to your presentation date. All requests are subject to availability.