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Las Vegas Community Outreach

Las Vegas, 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, to include the FBI Citizens Academy, the Director’s Community Leadership Award, the Adopt-a-School and FBI Junior Special Agent programs, FBI Teen Academies, and ethnic and minority cultural events.

Our Community Outreach activities include:

FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy

Each year, approximately 30 business, religious, civic, and community leaders are chosen to attend the annual FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy. The program is designed to bring together a diverse group of community leaders and give them an inside look at the FBI’s work in Las Vegas and around the world. The goal is to foster a greater understanding of the Bureau’s role in the community and to open lines of communication between the FBI and those it serves. The Las Vegas Division hosts a Citizens Academy program annually, each spring. There are eight evening sessions. Participants receive presentations on international and domestic terrorism, counterespionage, civil rights, cyber crimes, violent crimes, organized criminal enterprises, and legal matters. During range night, participants have a chance to meet and hear from members of the FBI SWAT team and fire weapons used by FBI special agents.

Citizens Academy Nomination/Application Information

Nominations and applications for the 2016 FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy are being accepted from October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The nomination and application forms and guidelines for applying are available on the following page:

Citizens Academy Range Night

The noise in the Las Vegas desert was hostage taking, flash bangs, and gunfire, but this time it wasn’t the bad guys—it was members of the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy being arrested as role players. The “good guys”—the FBI Las Vegas Division SWAT team—demonstrated what happens in a hostage situation. After a safety brief, the class had a chance to fire weapons used by the FBI.

FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI LV CAAA)

The FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBI LV CAAA), although not a part of the FBI, was established in the fall of 2009 as a non-profit organization made up of Citizens Academy graduates who support the goals and mission of the FBI, the FBI Citizens Academy, FBI Community Outreach Program, crime prevention programs, and other outreach. Alumni members, while not in any way official spokespeople for the FBI, may be called upon to share their understanding of the role of federal law enforcement.

FBI LV CAAA Visit to FBI Headquarters and FBI Training Academy

In December 2014, the Las Vegas Division held its fourth FBI LV CAAA pilgrimage to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the FBI Training Academy at Quantico, Virginia. The group also visited the U.S. Capitol, the White House, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This trip is only available to those who have successfully completed the FBI Las Vegas Citizens Academy and are FBI LV CAAA members in good standing.

Adopt-A-School/Junior Special Agent Programs (2014-2015)

The FBI Las Vegas Field Office and FBI LV CAAA partnered with Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for the 2014-2015 school year’s FBI Adopt-A-School program. Agassi Academy is a charter school in the Clark County School District and is located one block east of the FBI Las Vegas Field Office. The FBI Junior Special Agent program was offered to the 25 seventh graders. Classes were held weekly and covered topics such as civil rights, gangs and drugs, victims’ rights, Internet safety and cyber crimes, careers in the FBI, evidence gathering, and photography.

FBI Teen Academy

The FBI Teen Academy Program educates high school students about the mission and goals of the FBI. This annual one-day program also gives teens a firsthand look of law enforcement as a career choice.

FBI executives and program managers teach policies and techniques that direct their investigations. Teens learn about major investigations and participate in a variety of hands-on exercises that illustrate the duties and responsibilities of the FBI.

Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA)

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. Our 2014 recipient was the  Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Through its public charter school, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, the foundation provides youth in Las Vegas with a quality K-12 education to prepare for college and beyond.

Andre Agassi (Center) Receives Award from Special Agent in Charge Laura Bucheit (1/6/15)
FBI Las Vegas Special Agent in Charge Laura Bucheit (right) presented the DCLA to Andre Agassi (center) and CEO Steve Miller (left) during the FBI Teen Academy graduation, part of this year’s FBI Adopt-A-School Program at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy

CREST (Community Relations Executive Seminar Training)

The Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) is an intensive training offered to community groups. Each group determines who participates and where the training takes place. Working with our office, the group selects two to three topics on which its members will receive training. Topics can include terrorism, frauds/scams, identity theft, hate crimes/civil rights, cyber crimes, Internet safety, and more.

Speaker Requests

The Las Vegas Division can accept a limited number of speaker requests from local and state educational, civic, religious, or workplace-based organizations. To submit a request, send a letter on your organization’s letterhead to:

FBI Las Vegas
Attn: Community Outreach
1787 West Lake Mead Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89106

The request should be sent at least 45 days prior to the event and include the location, possible dates, time and length of the meeting, topic requested, how many will be attending, and your contact information. Include a short introduction of your organization’s mission or purpose to assist in identifying the appropriate speaker. Every effort will be made to honor such requests, although there may be occasions when workloads dictate otherwise. Please do not attempt to e-mail your request. With the large number of e-mails, attachments do not always open and can easily be lost or overlooked.

  • Elementary and Middle School Speaker Requests

    FBI Las Vegas receives many school requests for speakers at career days, Careers on Wheels, Nevada Reading Week, and other presentations. Schools that are actively participating in the FBI-Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge (third through eighth grades) will receive priority. When submitting your request for a speaker, please be sure to state if and when your school is participating in the FBI-SOS program.

For more information about the above programs, contact:

Community Outreach Specialist Holly James
1787 West Lake Mead Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 584-5678

Tours, Interviews, Job Shadows, and Internships

Due to security requirements, the Las Vegas Division does not offer tours, interviews, or internships to the public. The FBI does offer an Honors Internship program for college-aged students.

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