– The Minneapolis Division has been hosting FBI Citizens Academy classes each spring since 2005. The Citizens Academy program is designed to bring together a diverse group of business, religious, and community leaders to learn about the FBI’s work in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota and around the world. During the class sessions, FBI special agents and subject-matter experts will cover a variety of topics including international and domestic terrorism, counterintelligence and espionage, cyber crimes, violent crimes, white-collar crimes, civil rights and hate crimes, evidence response, legal matters, and a SWAT team demonstration.

The curriculum is similar to the traditional methods used at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, but geared toward non-law enforcement participants. Presentations are provided by special agents and FBI experts with a free exchange of questions and observations. The Citizens Academy works to foster greater understanding of the FBI’s role in the community through the presentations, discussions, and demonstrations. The academy also builds relationships and develops partnerships that can help reduce crime in the communities we serve.


Our Citizens Academy consists of six three-and-a-half hour evening sessions conducted over a six-week period each spring. Citizens Academy class members also participate in a graduation ceremony and a session at the firearms range, where they view a demonstration by our SWAT (Specialized Weapons and Tactics) team and have a chance to fire the same weapons used by our agents.

In addition, we offer Citizens Academy Alumni an opportunity to visit the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia for a unique tour and series of briefings from the Academy staff. Participants on this optional trip get to see how our agents are trained, visit the FBI’s Forensics Laboratory, and see where our Hostage Rescue Team trains each day. They also attend a series of presentations at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The basic requirements to participate in the Citizens Academy include:

Being at least 21 years of age
Having no prior felony convictions;
Living and/or working within the Minneapolis Division’s jurisdiction; and
Passing a limited background investigation.
Citizens Academy graduates are eligible to become members of the Minneapolis FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, which works with the FBI to promote a safer community through educational and service projects.

Because of the limited number of slots for the class, the application process is competitive and applicants are asked to certify that they will attend all sessions. Successful applicants tend to be those who provide details on their business and/or community leadership and volunteer experience and an explanation of how they will use the information they learn. Participants are required to complete a background check prior to admittance.

Due to high demand, acceptance is not guaranteed. The online application period for the 2016 Citizens Academy will open in late October 2015. The application link will be posted on this website. http://www.fbi.gov/minneapolis/news-and-outreach/outreach/fbi-citizens-academy


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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