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Indianapolis Community Outreach

Indianapolis Community Outreach

Indianapolis, like each of the FBI’s local field offices, has a community outreach program that complements and strengthens our many efforts to protect you, your businesses, and your families in concrete ways through a range of activities and initiatives.

Our goal is to enhance and maintain public trust and confidence in the FBI by sharing information widely and externally about our mission, accomplishments, operations, and values. We focus our efforts in three general areas: schools, communities, and the workplace—cooperating with other federal, state, and local agencies that strive to provide healthier lifestyles for our community’s youth. If law enforcement is to truly contribute to our nation’s fight against crime, drugs, gangs, and violence, we must build partnerships to reach out to the young people we are sworn to serve. We accomplish this objective through classroom visits and junior and senior high school career fairs.

We also manage relationships with national minority, ethnic, and community-based groups and organizations, the general public, and the private sector to create better relations between the FBI and the public. The Indianapolis Division enhances community relations through our Citizens Academy; coordinates meetings, special events, and public appearances; and promotes esprit de corps for employees and the community through special programs.

Citizens Academy


Through our Citizens Academy, we reach out to community, business, and minority leaders throughout the state. The program strengthens relationships between the FBI and the community and educates citizens at large by providing substantive presentations that explain our efforts to combat crime and preserve national security. Since our academy was launched in 2001, we have graduated 685 participants. The course runs for eight consecutive weeks, meeting weekly for three-and-a-half hours. Subject matter experts address topics such as terrorism; counterintelligence; violent, organized, and white-collar crime; drugs; and civil rights. Members and their guests participate in hands-on activities—including firearms and training simulators—to give them an idea of the challenges law enforcement officers face daily.

By opening our doors to members of the community, we promote a better public awareness of the FBI. The Academy allows participants to meet and interact with Indianapolis personnel in a positive and informal setting, sharing ideas and information. Not only can we dispel many myths and misgivings about the FBI, but we can articulate its commitment to the community. In turn, the Academy has been a catalyst in creating and enhancing our community outreach efforts.

Academy graduates have the opportunity to become members of the Citizens Academy Foundation Alumni Association, formed by the graduates of our inaugural class. The association allows alumni to stay in touch with and receive updates from the FBI, to meet regularly to network, and to provide funding for future academy sessions.

How can you get involved? You must:

      • Be at least 21 years of age;
      • Have no prior felony convictions;
      • Live and/or work within jurisdiction of the field office; and
      • Pass a limited background investigation.

To apply, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathryn Sipes.

Citizens Academy graduates visiting FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

FBI Youth Leadership Academy

The Youth Leadership Academy is an educational experience that provides students with valuable leadership training and a greater understanding of the FBI.  Through experiential learning activities, students will develop skills in communication, trust, team work, goal setting and leadership.  This three day, two night residential event is hosted at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s experiential learning center. 

Participants must:

  • have completed their junior year, and not yet graduated from high school;
  • have a GPA of at least 3.0; and
  • possess qualities of leadership, scholastic achievement and good citizenship. 

Applications are typically accepted during February & March.  To request an application, please contact Community Outreach Specialist Kathryn Sipes.

Community Events

We participate in many special community events each year. Agents and professional support staff give public speeches, presentations, and demonstrations to groups throughout the state of Indiana. We visit schools, businesses, community centers, and other venues to talk about the work we do and ways that members of the community can partner with us to help keep our neighborhoods safe.

To request the FBI’s participation in your community event, forward your written request to Community Outreach Specialist Kathryn Sipes.

Multicultural Advisory Council

This council brings together leaders from different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds to discuss their cultures and beliefs with the FBI. It also serves as a forum where specific issues important to these members of the community can be discussed with law enforcement.

Directors Community Leadership Award

The FBI recognizes the achievements of individuals or organizations in the community who provide outstanding service by presenting the annual Director’s Community Leadership Award. This award is given to those who are actively involved in drug, gang, crime, and violence education and prevention. The 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award recipient is Kanwal Prakash Singh for his work supporting cultural diversity in Indiana. 

Kanwal Prakash Singh

Public Appearances  

We offer public speakers on a limited basis on a variety of topics pertaining to the FBI’s investigative mission. Requests for speakers should be directed to Community Outreach Specialist Kathryn Sipes.

The following information is necessary to process a request:

  • Possible date(s) of presentation;
  • Time of presentation;
  • Place of presentation;
  • Approximate length of presentation;
  • Specific topic(s) to be addressed;
  • Intended audience and audience size (industry professionals, general public, students, etc.); and
  • Contact name and telephone number for additional information and response.

Please note: FBI Indianapolis requires six weeks advance notice for all requests for speakers. All requests are subject to availability.

Contact Indianapolis Community Outreach

Community Outreach Specialist Kathryn Sipes
8825 Nelson B Klein Pkwy
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: (317) 845-7035
Fax: (317) 845-7105

Visit our national In Your Community website for more information about our overall outreach efforts and our work in other local FBI offices.