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 Specialists

Sarah Cahill
(216) 622-6615

Tamara Larkin
(216) 622-6691

Social Media Outreach

Community Relations Flickr Gallery
Community Relations Facebook

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.

To Apply

The FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy application period is currently closed.

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.

Future Agents in Training 

Future Agents in Training Examine Evidence

Future Agents In Training (FAIT) is a program hosted by FBI Cleveland that works to educate and inform high school students about the mission of the FBI. Students learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, and a variety of professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and solving cases.

The Cleveland FAIT program is open to high school students rising seniors and recent graduates who attend a high school within the Cleveland FBI area of responsibility.

To Apply

Applications are only accepted by mail and must be postmarked by January 31, 2019.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Student is a U.S. citizen
  • Student has a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Student must be a graduate of the class of 2019 or 2020
  • Student currently resides within the Northern District of Ohio, served by the Cleveland Field Office
  • Student is currently enrolled in or graduating from an accredited high school; if home schooled, the student is recognized by their school district
  • Student has completed one essay (see application) and provided one letter of recommendation
  • Student understands that they must be present each day of the FAIT Academy and they will be responsible for their transportation to and from the FBI Cleveland Field Office (FAIT Academy hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

For more information or questions on the FAIT Academy, email

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.


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.

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.

Chasing the Dragon 

Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict is an FBI- and DEA-produced documentary that seeks to help educate students and young adults about the dangers of opioid addiction. A discussion guide is available to help stimulate thoughtful and honest dialogue about the opioid epidemic.

Cleveland Chasing the Dragon Poster Contest

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Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to create and submit a poster that focuses on the consequences of using heroin and/or misuse of prescription opioids. Posters should be 24” x 36” and should be submitted, via mail or in person, to the FBI, Cleveland Division Field Office, 1501 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, attn: Community Outreach Specialist, by 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2018.

Students wishing to create and submit a poster may contact FBI Community Outreach Specialist Tamara Larkin at for additional information and an entry form.

Multi-Cultural Engagement Council 

FBI Agents Working on Computers

The Multi-Cultural Engagement Council is composed of community ethnic, religious, and minority leaders who help the FBI better understand their cultures and committees. The mission of the Multi-Cultural Engagement Council is to provide a trusting environment that allows council members to discuss issues and concerns within their communities.

Speaker Requests 

The Cleveland 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 submitted online a minimum six weeks prior to your presentation date. Requests are subject to availability.