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 Specialist

Yadira Dickey
(858) 320-5711
yadira.dickey@ic.fbi.gov

Cheryl Dorenbush
(858) 320-8313
cheryl.dorenbush@ic.fbi.gov

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

Our Citizens Academy brings together a cross-section of community leaders to learn firsthand about our operations and programs, not only demystifying our work but creating new contacts and channels for working together and sharing information. Applications for the 2018 Citizens Academy will be accepted October 1 to 31, 2017. Due to high demand, the selection process is competitive, and acceptance is not guaranteed. Potential Citizens Academy applicants must be nominated by FBI employees and Citizens Academy graduates before they can apply. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

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.

2015 Recipient

Our most recent recipient is Securing Our eCity (SOeC). SOeC is committed to educating and protecting businesses and residents against cyber threats and is a true partner in the fight against cyber crime. SOeC has developed creative events to engage the San Diego population in cyber security. This includes the Cross Border Cyber Opportunities event, commemorating National Cyber Security Awareness month, and holding a Data Privacy Day. SOeC also hosts Cyber Fest, an annual workshop provided to local businesses with the goal of education and awareness regarding cyber security. One of the most creative events held by SOeC is the San Diego Mayors’ Cyber Cup (SDMCC), a cyber hacking competition for high school students. The winning team is presented with a trophy from the mayor of San Diego and provided a one-week cyber security boot camp.

Teen/Youth Academy 

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

The Teen/Youth Academy allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI during a six-to-eight-hour block of instruction and demonstrations at the field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics, including terrorism, cyber, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office.

To Apply

The application period for the 2017 San Diego Teen Academy is currently open. The deadline is April 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.

The application, supporting essay, and release form must be received at the following address for panel review by the deadline. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

FBI San Diego Division
Attn: Community Outreach Specialist Cheryl Dorenbush
10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway
San Diego, CA 92121

Junior Special Agent 

Field trips students participate in through the Junior Special Agent Program are meant to be fun—and educational. The emphasis is always on learning.

The 10- or 11-week Junior Special Agent Program aims to give fifth graders in disadvantaged neighborhoods the information, skills, and discipline they need to stay away from gangs, drugs, and crime. Students learn about the FBI core values, the FBI mission, and the ways in which law enforcement helps to serve and protect their communities.

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.

CREST 

The FBI CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training) is a shorter, more focused version of the FBI Citizens Academy Program and is conducted in partnership with a specific community group at an offsite location. The program is designed to build trust and strengthen relationships between the FBI and the communities we serve. Classes are taught by FBI executives, senior special agents, and program managers. Participants are selected by members of their organizations or community.