Recognized as the premier law enforcement agency of the land, the FBI has been out to dispel myths, rumors, and misunderstood media portrayals with its Citizen Academy program. The program, a national initiative by the FBI, is on it's 11th class here in Louisville. It specifically seeks business and/or civic leaders throughout the community with the goal of informing them about what the FBI is and how it operates. Eventually hoping to turn those leaders into ambassadors not just for the program, but for the FBI. Citizens the community can turn to for basic questions, and citizens that may be better equipped to take notice of potential crimes or issues, and bring them to the attention of the bureau to create a safer community.
"The Citizens Academy was an interesting and enriching experience. I've always been interested in various aspects of the law enforcement community, and my initial application to the Academy was to scratch that itch" says Academy graduate Michael Branch. " After getting into the program, I realized it was also a great way to interact with individuals you may not have otherwise interacted with. Further, you become more knowledgeable about the FBI, and the state of federal law enforcement efforts in general. We had a wonderful facilitator for the program, and participated in various topical lectures and activities including bomb squad demonstrations and FBI History."
Graduate and Alpha Brother Cecil Brookins had this to say about his experience, “The FBI Citizens Academy was a great program which I learned a great deal from. It gave me a chance to fully understand the mission and goals of the FBI while dismissing some of the rumors and falsehoods associated with agency. I can honestly say that I view the agency and its role in our community very different now and respect the level of training and education required to be part of the FBI. What I enjoyed most about the program was the candid dialogue, diversity of the class, the hands on demonstrations and reenactments, and the wealth of knowledge shared by the agents and various speakers. I’m glad to serve as a community liaison and a 2015 Graduate of Class #11. I recommend the program to all leaders in the community wanting to take an inside view of the FBI and other agencies that protect our national security ."
For more information please visit the Citizens Academy Louisville website.