Albuquerque Journal

Citizens academy offers look at what the FBI does


The FBI is offering an inside look to members of the local community through the FBI Citizens Academy. The citizens academy is a free nineweek course designed to showcase the day-to-day operations of the FBI to citizens and leaders in the community. The spring class starts March 1.

“This academy strengthen­s our partnershi­ps with the local community through transparen­cy,” said Samantha Madrid, FBI Albuquerqu­e Field Office community outreach specialist. “Many people attend the academy and find things out about the FBI that they never knew.”

The academy, taught by FBI special agents, offers firearms training, counterter­rorism training and more.

The class has been conducted in Albuquerqu­e annually since 2006 with roughly 30-40 participan­ts.

The class is on Wednesdays from 5:45-9 p.m. at the Albuquerqu­e Field Office.

A special incentive of the firearms training class is learning to fire the Thompson submachine gun, a classic weapon from the early 1900s that began the modern era of machine guns.

After completing the citizens academy, attendees may join the Citizens Academy Alumni Associatio­n, which allows members access to tours of FBI headquarte­rs at Quantico, Va.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old with no prior felony conviction­s and can’t be under investigat­ion as a suspect in a criminal case. A background check will be conducted as well.

The applicatio­n deadline for the spring 2018 citizens academy is Sept. 22.

According to the FBI website, candidates are nominated by FBI employees, former citizens academy graduates and community leaders; applicants can also self-nominate.

For informatio­n, go to contact-us/field-offices/albuquerqu­e/ community-outreach.

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