The Columbia Press


Seven-week course explores FBI operations, field work

An FBI instructor works with academy students in the classroom.
Thursday, July 15, 2021

The FBI in Oregon seeks applications from business, religious, and community members for its Citizens Academy program.

The Citizens Academy allows leaders to explore the work of the FBI, both in Oregon and around the world. Over the course of seven weeks, participants have a chance to engage with FBI leadership, case agents and professional staff.

Applicants may nominate themselves by July 16.

Acceptance into the program is competitive. Selections will be made by the field office.

Those who apply will be notified by Aug. 6. Once selected, applicants must complete a background check and return required paperwork by Aug. 13.

Those who live outside the Portland area can participate virtually through an online platform.

Most of the academy sessions are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings and run Sept. 15 through Oct. 27.

For more information, contact Community Outreach Specialist Antonia Kreamier at

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