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FBI Citizens Academy Cultivates Community Partnerships

FBI Citizens Academy
Cultivating Community Partnerships



Last month, more than 30 business and community leaders graduated from the Portland Division’s Spring 2013 Citizens Academy session. The participants spent six weeks learning about the work that the FBI does in Oregon and around the world. Topics covered included international and domestic terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, cyber crime, violent crime (including organized crime groups, drugs, and gangs), white collar crime, public corruption, and more. Graduation day also involved a trip to the division’s training facility, where the class members learned about the FBI’s bomb program and its Evidence Response Team before having the opportunity to take part in some of the firearms training exercises that the agents experience. All together, the division has hosted more than 20 such academies since 2000.


“Citizens Academy gives us the chance to help people understand the how and why of our work, but it also gives us a chance to learn from the participants...What is important in your community? How can we communicate better? How can we best work together to make this place we share safe for all who live and work here?” said FBI Portland Community Outreach Specialist Holly Fauerso.


Though the spring class is over, the fall class is fast approaching. Community and business leaders who live or work in the Salem, Oregon area are encouraged to apply. The class begins in early September and runs through mid-October (view schedule). The deadline for the submission of online applications is Friday, July 26, 2013. If you have questions, please contact FBI Public Affairs Specialist Beth Anne Steele.