Community Outreach 

FBI Special Agent Larry Meyer (right) joins a volunteer in hoisting a coquina stone blocking the opening to an abandoned 18th century well on a plot of land in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida. To keep up their training, members of FBI Jacksonville’s Evidence Response Team helped out the city of St. Augustine on an archaeological dig at the site of a former 18th century dwelling.

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.

Citizens Academy 

Jacksonville 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

Individuals are nominated by FBI employees, Citizens’ Academy graduates, and community leaders. Interested attendees may “self-nominate” by providing information to the field office community outreach specialist at (904) 248-7510 or outreach.jacksonville@ic.fbi.gov. Please note: Your name will be added to our list of division nominees and the Citizens Academy Alumni. This list is quite long, and we are unable to tell you exactly if and when you will be selected to attend the program.

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.

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 

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.

Speaker Requests 

The Jacksonville 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 of four weeks prior to your presentation date. Requests are subject to availability.