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Future Agents in Training Get a Glimpse Inside the FBI

Future Agents in Training Get a Glimpse Inside the FBI


On Monday, August 6, 2012, Washington Field Office’s community outreach team geared up for their sixth annual Future Agents in Training (FAIT) program. The FAIT program prepares high school level students from all around the D.C. area for careers in the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. The program provides hands-on experience and insight into the workings of the FBI and the types of study and expertise the students will need if they opt for a career in law enforcement. WFO personnel participate in the program as volunteer instructors and help program participants develop practical knowledge in areas such as leadership, physical training and the soft and hard skills required of those pursuing law enforcement careers.

WFO’s assistant director in charge (ADIC) encouraged the student participants to look beyond academics to the personal implications of law enforcement careers, stating: “An FBI agent’s abilities are not only driven by the subjects they had in college, but by dedicating themselves to their career. If you don’t enjoy your job, it’s a lot harder to do it. You can’t just strap on a badge and do what we do; you also have to be sure of what you chose to do with your career—and this course is an excellent first step.”

In addition to attending classes, FAIT students went on field trips that included tours of FBI Headquarters and the International Spy Museum. They also had the opportunity to participate in a mock investigation at Hogan’s Alley at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. FAIT members started by receiving instruction, then went on to investigate a simulated bank robbery and the robbery of pharmacy. Several witnesses (played by WFO agents and support staff) led them to determine who the “perpetrators” were, then to arrest them for conspiracy and bank robbery. Three other “perpetrators” were arrested for health care fraud when evidence including medication and patient records were found in their possession.

The week-long FAIT program concluded with a graduation event where the ADIC presented program certificates to the students.