FBI Citizens Academy nominations open

Business and community leaders are invited to apply for the program conducted by Jacksonville special agents.

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FBI Jacksonville is accepting nominations for the 2023 FBI Citizens Academy.

During the seven-session program, selected business, religious, civic and community leaders will have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of local FBI operations and experience case studies and demonstrations conducted by special agents.

Topics will include how the FBI works to combat violent crime, human trafficking, cybercrime and terrorism, and how teams train in forensics, firearms and evidence recovery.

“The team at FBI Jacksonville works tirelessly, around-the-clock and in coordination with our partners, to protect communities across North Florida, and it’s important for community members to understand how we serve,” Special Agent in Charge Sherri Onks said in a news release.

“Through frank discussion and information sharing we can improve relationships and advance our mission to protect all Americans,” Onks said.

Sessions are scheduled every Thursday evening from April 6 to May 18, and all day May 19 with times to be determined.

Participants will meet at FBI Jacksonville’s offices at 6061 Gate Parkway N.

Applicant requirements:

• Business, religious, civic, academic/school board or community leader.

• Minimum 21 years of age.

• No felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.

• Cannot be under investigation as a subject in a criminal case.

• Must live or work in North Florida.

• Must agree to and pass a limited background check.

• Must be able to attend classes in person.

The nomination form must be completed in full and returned by the close of business Jan. 31. If selected, there is no cost to attend.

Visit https://forms.fbi.gov/fbi-citizens-academy-nomination-form-jacksonville/ for the nomination form.

Questions regarding the program or application process can be directed to [email protected] 

The academy was established by the Phoenix Division in 1993 to develop and enhance relationships between the FBI and community groups. The program was later established in all 56 FBI field offices, including Jacksonville in 1999.

More than 10,000 people across the country have graduated from the program since it began.