Over the past couple of months, I have had the honor to participate in the Omaha Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizens’ Academy. Not to be confused with the series of movies called, “Police Academy”, the FBI Citizens’ Academy provides community participants with an inside look at the FBI, fosters greater understanding of the role of the FBI in the community, and builds relationships and develops partnerships that help reduce crime.
This has been time very well spent!
Besides learning about the FBI’s structure and operations, we discussed investigative techniques used in criminal, counterintelligence, and terrorism investigations.
Oh, and we watched agents blow up stuff and we shot guns. I’m fortunate that I didn’t hurt anyone.
The curriculum follows traditional methods used at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, but it is geared toward non-law enforcement participants (like myself!). Special agents and other FBI experts made presentations, allowing for a free exchange of questions and observations.
About the FBI – The FBI works around the globe to combat the most dangerous criminal and security threats facing our country—from international and domestic terrorists to spies on U.S. soil…from cyber villains to corrupt government officials…from mobsters to violent street thugs…from child predators to serial killers.
The FBI have jurisdiction over violations in more than 200 categories of federal law. They generally fall under three national security priorities and five criminal priorities as follows:
- National Security:
- Protect the U.S. from terrorist attack
- Protect the U.S. against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
- Protect the U.S. against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes
- Combat public corruption at all levels
- Protect civil rights
- Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises
- Combat major white-collar crime
- Combat significant violent crime
This week’s gift is to the FBI Omaha Citizens Academy Alumni Foundation, a tax exempt 501-C-3 organization dedicated to supporting the mission of the FBI and working with the FBI to promote a safer community through educational and service projects.
The FBI Citizens Academy has been a great experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn more about the tremendously important work done by the FBI! Very impressive!