FBI holding DC area civilian classes to educate public about its work

The FBI is holding elite classes about its work, methods and focuses for DC area citizens. Sign ups continue through February. Photo: Participants in the FBI Citizens Academy (FBI)

WASHINGTON, November 25, 2013 — Over the next few months, the FBI will be accepting applications for its “Citizen’s Academy” program, where ordinary individuals can get an inside look at the law enforcement agency. The Washington D.C. field office (WFO) of the FBI will be hosting its program at its Manassas, VA campus. Topics discussed during the academy include Terrorism, Cyber crime, Counterintelligence, Public corruption, Major thefts/violent crimes, Field Intelligence Group, White-collar crime, and InfraGard, Civil rights

According to the FBI, “Attendees typically gather one night a week over the course of six to eight weeks and learn about the mission, goals, history, and inner workings of the Bureau.

“They are provided with an overview of FBI and Department of Justice policies and procedures; background on the structure and operations of an FBI field office and resident agency; details on the legal basis for our jurisdiction and issues relating to congressional oversight; a summary of the services we provide to local and state law enforcement agencies; and firearms demonstrations.

“Attendees are also given practical problems involving the collection and preservation of physical evidence.

“The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to those used at the FBI Academy. The classes are taught by FBI staff and/or representatives deemed appropriate by the special agent in charge.”

Applications can be submitted at the FBI’s website.

The program website warns that the process for admittance is somewhat selective, and candidates must meet certain minimum requirements before applying – including an FBI background check.

Last month, the FBI made headlines when it’s newly appointed Director, James Comey, announced plans to require all new Special Agents to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington D.C. One of Director Comey’s predecessors, Director Louis Freeh, in the 1990s ordered all new agents to visit the Holocaust Museum. 


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