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The FBI San Antonio Citizens Academy was established in 2002 as part of the Community Outreach Program. The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to foster a greater understanding of the FBI's role in the community through open discussion and to support the FBI's efforts to deliver information about their role, tools, tactics, jurisdiction, and vision for the future in national law enforcement, homeland defense, and counter-terrorism on all levels. The success and local impact of this Academy has been tremendous. The Citizens Academy has given community, civic, religious and business leaders, as well as media executives, the opportunity to find out how the FBI "does business." Twelve classes have brought together a total of over 200 community leaders to learn about the FBI’s mission, policies, programs, and procedures through presentations and hands-on exercises designed to demystify our work and create new contacts and channels for working together and sharing information.

The FBI Citizens Academy program was launched in 1993 at the FBI's Phoenix Division by then-Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jim Ahearn. Ahearn decided on the "Citizens Academy" model based on his experience with a local police agency with the hope of strengthening the field office's relationship with the community.

Since inception - Nationally, over 10,000 citizens have participated through Academies offered at each of the 56 Field Offices and at the National Academy (Quantico).

The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to foster a greater understanding of the FBI's role in the community through open discussion and to support the FBI's efforts to deliver information about their role, tools, tactics, jurisdiction, and vision for the future in national law enforcement, homeland defense, and counter-terrorism on all levels.

Graduates of the Academy are then eligible to join the FBI San Antonio Citizens Academy Alumni Association.

To nominate an individual for a future session, contact Community Outreach Specialist Katrina Calvin at (210) 650-6610 or at Katrina.Calvin@ic.fbi.gov.

The San Antonio Division hosts one Academy per year and is nine weeks in length. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a community, civic, religious and/or business leader;
  • Must be 21 years old (with no prior felony arrests or convictions);
  • Must live or work with the jurisdiction of the San Antonio FBI office;
  • Must consent and pass a limited background investigation;
  • Must sign a non-disclosure agreement;
  • SAC approval.