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San Diego Community Outreach

Generic image of FBI agents talking to studentsSan Diego, 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 activities include:

  • The FBI Teen Academy offers high school sophomores and juniors a peek behind the scenes of the FBI, a greater understanding of what the FBI does in the community, and information about how to become an FBI agent or professional staff member. In 2016, the San Diego Division will have two Teen Academies; the first will be on June 29, 2016, and the second will be August 17, 2016. To apply, please complete the application, essay, and release form by April 18, 2016.
  • 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. Our next Citizens Academy will begin in March 2016. Applications for the 2017 Citizens Academy will be accepted October 1-31, 2016. 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.
  • In 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Award program was launched to recognize individuals or organizations that have had a positive impact in our community. Over the last few years, the award has gained significant importance and prestige, with the Director of the FBI personally making this presentation to those who have made an impact in the areas of crime reduction, drug deterrence, and other public safety and security initiatives. Our most recent recipient is Securing Our eCity (SOeC), which 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.

Among our other ongoing efforts:

  • Promoting the FBI Child ID application, available free on iTunes and Android operating systems, which securely stores vital information and photos for each of your children, offers safety tips, and provides an emergency checklist to help you respond quickly if your child goes missing no matter where you are.
  • Promoting the FBI Safe Online Surfing program, a free educational online program that promotes cyber citizenship and teaches students in 3rd through 8th grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers.
  • Meeting with minority groups and civic organizations to talk about what the FBI can do with them and for them and conducting Community Relations Executive Seminar Trainings to dialogue on key issues;
  • Sending our special agents and others from the FBI into schools, businesses, and civic meetings to explain emerging crime and security threats and to provide specific advice on how to prevent being victimized by these threats;
  • Supporting the graduates of our Citizens Academies, who often band together in local alumni chapters to create crime prevention programs and other initiatives that benefit communities;
  • Serving on committees and boards for businesses, schools, community groups, and social and health services and participating in drives to bring food, gifts, and toys to the less fortunate during the holidays and other times of the year;
  • Encouraging citizens to step forward to report crime and serve as witnesses in court;
  • Participating in “Red Ribbon Week,” which educates kids and adults alike on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and encourages them to wear red ribbons as a sign of their commitment to stay drug free;
  • Hosting Adopt-A-School programs that put volunteer agents and staff members inside classrooms to mentor and tutor “at risk” kids.

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