Home Seattle News and Outreach In Your Community

Seattle Community Outreach

Seattle Community Outreach

Generic image of FBI agents talking to students

Seattle, like each of the FBI’s local field offices, has a community outreach program that complements and supports our investigative mission by encouraging strong relationships with the citizens of the state of Washington.

Youth Programs

Each year, we host mentoring programs for local school children, including the Junior Special Agent Program and the Adopt-A-School Program, to raise awareness on the role of the FBI and law enforcement in the community and to provide positive role models.

Director’s Community Leadership Award

The FBI Seattle Special Agent in Charge presents the Director’s Community Leadership Award annually to an individual or organization that makes a significant contribution to the welfare and security of the community. This special award, presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI, was created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America.

The recipient of the Seattle FBI’s 2014 Director’s Community Leadership Award is Mohamed Sheikh Hassan.

Seattle Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is a program that gives business, civic, community, and religious leaders an inside look at the FBI. Selected attendees are given an overview of the FBI’s structure and jurisdiction in weekly sessions taught by FBI agents. Included in the curriculum are case studies, discussion of legal issues, and presentations by specialized units such as the Evidence Response Team and the SWAT team. Attendees also participate in practical exercises, such as the collection of evidence and the use of firearms.

2014 Seattle Citizens Academy Class
Seattle 2014 Citizens Academy Class

Each six- to eight-week session is open to approximately 30 attendees and is offered once a year. Requirements to attend are as follows:

  • Must be a business, civic, religious, or community leader;
  • Must be at least 21 years of age;
  • Must live or work within the jurisdiction of the Seattle FBI office; and
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation (including having no prior felony convictions).

Citizens Academy applications are submitted electronically. Due to high demand, the selection process is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. The application period for the spring 2016 session will close on February 26, 2016.

For more information about the Citizens Academy, please contact:

FBI Seattle
Phone: (206) 262-2441
Fax: (206) 262-2046

Speaker Requests

The Seattle Division offers speakers for groups throughout Washington on a variety of topics, including:

  • Terrorism
  • Violent crime
  • Organized crime and drugs
  • Frauds and scams
  • Identity theft
  • Hate crimes/civil rights
  • Victim assistance
  • Becoming an agent

All requests for speakers must be submitted through the website or received in writing.

If you are submitting the request in writing, make sure to include the:

    • Date, time, and location of presentation;
    • Approximate duration of the presentation;
    • Specific topic(s) desired;
    • Type of audience (general public, professionals, students, etc.);
    • Deadline for response; and
    • Point of contact (name and telephone number).

Written requests may be faxed to (206) 262-2046 or sent directly to:

FBI Seattle
Attn: Community Outreach Specialist
1110 3rd Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98101-2904

Please note: Requests for speakers must be received by the Seattle FBI a minimum of four weeks prior to your presentation date. All requests are subject to availability.

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