CJIS 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 Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) is dedicated to support the FBI mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. The better we know our communities, the better we can protect them.

The FBI community outreach specialists across the country create and strengthen relationships locally and nationally with minority groups, religious and civic organizations, schools, non-profits, and other entities. These partnerships have led to a host of crime prevention programs, enabling families to stay safe from fraudsters and cyber predators, businesses to protect themselves from hackers and economic espionage, schools and workplaces to safeguard against violent rampages and illegal drugs, and all citizens to become alert to potential acts of terror and extremism.

Outreach Specialist


Social Media Outreach

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Speaker Requests 

CJIS 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 six weeks prior to your presentation date. Requests are subject to availability. 

Citizens Academy 

The Citizen Academy is an engaging six-to-eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Classes are held annually. 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 can be nominated by FBI employees, former Citizen Academy graduates, and community leaders. Participants are selected by CJIS.

To Apply

The FBI CJIS Division is currently accepting nominations/applications for the 2024 Citizens Academy.

  • Deadline for nominations and applications: Monday, January 1
  • Notification of Application status: Friday, February 2
  • FBI Citizens Academy Meet & Greet: February 27, 2024 (optional) 
  • Sessions: March 5 – April 23; 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Graduation: April 30

Director's Community Leadership Award 

Since 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) 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.

On Friday, April 19, 2024, FBI Director Christopher Wray presented SecureWVU with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for its service to college students in West Virginia.

SecureWVU helps students gain awareness about careers that require security clearances. Receiving the award on behalf of SecureWVU was Jack Thompson, West Virginia University (WVU) Director of Corporate Relations. 

The Criminal Justice Information Services Division honors SecureWVU. A
student-led initiative, SecureWVU teaches West Virginia college students about getting and maintaining federal security clearances. The program creates clearance-ready candidates for government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and industry. SecureWVU also provides professional development, networking, and job-placement opportunities for college students. Accepting on behalf of the organization is Jack Thompson.

Director Wray presents Jack Thompson with a 2023 DCLA for SecureWVU.

Future Agents in Training - Teen Academy 

A student at the most recent Teen Academy hosted by FBI Tampa poses wearing HRT gear.

Our Future Agents in Training program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today's FBI. 

Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cybercrime, 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

The 2023 FBI CJIS Division’s Teen Academy application is currently open.The academy will be held at FBI CJIS Division on Tuesday, October 24 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Punctuality, professional behavior and appropriate dress will be required of all students attending this program.

This application and supporting essay must be receive by Friday, September 15 for panel review. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted because of security policies. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

Applications can be emailed to: CJIS_COP@fbi.gov

Collegiate Academy 

The Collegiate Academy is a one-day event that educates university students about the FBI with an emphasis on the CJIS Division and the career opportunities we offer. Participants will experience a CJIS campus tour, biometrics demos, FATS training, and an FBI K-9 demo, and meet with the FBI recruitment and honors internship teams.

The next Collegiate Academy will take place on April 6, 2023, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the FBI CJIS Division campus.  

Junior Special Agent Academy 

The next Junior Special Agent Academy is scheduled for fall 2023.

To Apply
The Junior Special Agent Academy is currently closed.

If you are interested in your school participating in the next session, please email CJIS_COP@fbi.gov.

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.

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.

Multi-Cultural Engagement Council 

The Multi-Cultural Engagement Council (MCEC) is composed of community ethnic, religious, and minority leaders who help the FBI better understand the cultures and committees they represent. The mission of the MCEC is to provide a trusting environment that allows council members to discuss issues and concerns within their communities and collaborate with the FBI to identify solutions. The MCEC helps build strong relationships between communities and the Bureau.