Community Outreach 

The 2018 Orlando Citizens Academy class participated in Range Day at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Practical Training Site. The class received an opportunity to see first-hand the training special agents conduct to serve and protect their communities. Civic and business leaders in the class received a hands-on look into FBI Tampa's SWAT, Bomb Tech, and HAZMAT programs.

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 Specialist

SacramentoOutreach@fbi.gov
(916) 746-8106

Social Media Outreach

Twitter: @FBISacramento
Facebook: FBI
Instagram: @FBI

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. 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 next FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy will be held on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 23 to May 4, 2023, to include an optional range day on April 15 and graduation dinner on May 11. If you are interested in applying—or if you are a Citizens Academy graduate or past/present FBI employee who would like to recommend someone you know—please complete the below nomination form and submit it according to the form guidelines by Friday, January 20, 2023.

Cyber Academy 

The Sacramento Division is offering the FBI Cyber Academy Program scheduled for March 1-2, 2023 at the FBI Sacramento Field Office in Roseville, California. The Academy will be two full-day sessions from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
  
The FBI Cyber Academy is a stimulating two-day program that gives information technology professionals an inside look at the FBI. The Cyber Academy will focus on educating technology professionals about the FBI capabilities and priorities. During the academy, students gain insight into the structure and operation of FBI field offices and resident agencies, and learn the services the FBI provides to law enforcement agencies and businesses.
 
Presentations, discussions, and demonstrations will focus on cyber topics, to include briefings from the cyber investigation squad, computer scientist, Computer Analysis Response Team (CART)/digital extraction technician, case agents, cyber case studies, and other specialty programs with an emphasis on technology: special agent bomb techs (SABT), the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and the SWAT/Tactical Operations Center (TOC). It is the goal of the FBI Cyber Academy to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education.
 
We are looking for experienced information technology professionals who are technology leaders within the community and may benefit from an insider’s look at the FBI. All attendees must live or work in our area of responsibility and will undergo a limited background investigation.

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.

Teen Academy 

A member of the FBI Las Vegas Evidence Response Team instructs participants in the 2014 Teen Academy on evidence collection techniques.

Our Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases.

To Apply

FBI Sacramento is not accepting Teen Academy applications at this time.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the FBI Teen Academy

  • Is there a cost to attend?
    • No; this and all FBI programs are offered at no cost.
  • Is the program only for high school students?
    • Yes, the program is for current junior and senior high school students within the jurisdiction of the FBI Sacramento Field Office, which encompasses Siskiyou and Modoc counties down to Kern and Inyo counties and from the Nevada border to the east side of the coastal mountain range.
  • Is the essay important?
    • Yes, the essay is important as it is the first element of the application package that is reviewed by our panelists. This essay offers the review panel insight into the student’s expectations, reasons for attending, and how the student intends to use the information to benefit their school and community. A high GPA in absence of a well written essay and vice versa can be problematic.
  • Do 4.0 students get a guaranteed seat in the class?
    • No student will be assured a seat by GPA alone. All students must submit a well-written essay detailing why they want to attend the academy and how the experience will benefit their school and/or community. Students should list all school activities and community involvement that demonstrate that they are a well-rounded student.
  • Is a particular GPA required?
    • GPA is not the only method of student evaluation and a minimum GPA is not stated; however, given the competitive nature of the application process, it is advantageous for a student to have a combination of a good GPA, well-written essay, school activities, and community involvement.
  • Does a student have to have specific experience or interest in law enforcement to be a successful candidate?
    • No, a student does not need to be in a criminal justice program, explorers program, ROTC, etc. The primary objective is to identify students who are capable of leadership and have an interest in what the FBI does.
  • Is this experience similar to an internship?
    • The FBI Teen Academy is not an internship and while students may be offered case studies drawn from adjudicated cases and may be given hands-on experiences in a simulated scenario, students will not be exposed to active cases, day-to-day investigations, or sensitive information.
  • I love forensic science! Will I get to learn techniques?
    • While students will be exposed to some basic evidence collection techniques during one of the many sessions, the day covers a wide variety of topics from a classroom and experiential perspective as well as concepts that are designed to enhance student awareness of issues such as cybercrime, drugs, gangs, and more.
  • Additional questions?

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.

Wanted App 

The FBI has long enlisted the public’s help in tracking down criminals on the run and in locating and identifying suspects. In 1996, the Bureau started placing details on wanted fugitives and missing persons on its newly created website to make the information more accessible nationwide and worldwide. Since then, the FBI has used social media, video, podcasts, digital billboards, and other electronic technologies to help get the word out.

The FBI Wanted app is yet another digital tool designed to help protect communities. The app—which is free and works on Apple and Android devices, including smartphones, iPads, and iPods—centralizes information issued by the FBI in a single user-friendly interface that is fast and easy to use.

Bank Robbers App 

The FBI has long used publicity to enlist the public’s help in taking dangerous criminals off the streets—from wanted posters tacked to post office walls in decades past to the social media and web technologies of today.

The Bank Robbers mobile app continues that tradition by calling specific attention to unknown violent and/or serial bank robbery suspects who are wanted by the Bureau. Use your smartphone in a crime-smart way—download the app and help protect your local community and the nation as a whole.

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 

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.

Speaker Requests 

The Sacramento 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.