Frequently Asked Questions
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- Promote a positive image of law enforcement
- Provide the FBI with a network of alternative resources
- Organize continuing education programs for members
- Provide assistance for the FBI’s public outreach and education efforts
- Serve as Ambassadors of Information to the community for the FBI
By being active in the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, attending meetings and events. In doing these things, you gain a better perspective of the FBI allowing you to pass along your knowledge and understanding of the FBI to others.
Meetings and special events occur continuously throughout the year.
The FBINewarkCAAA has been very fortunate to tour: FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and FBI Headquarters in Washington DC. The Alumni Association has also been invited to attend numerous informational, instructional and educational sessions sponsored by our partners in self defense, firearms and deception recognition.
Any member who is current in their annual membership dues can attend all events and meetings. While other events are open to retired Special Agents and Citizens Academy graduates. We also hold other events that are open to all by invitation. In some cases, members are allowed to bring guests.
The annual cost for membership is $75 per calendar year.
Note: Prestigious Lifetime Memberships are available for $1000
The Citizens Academy is an engaging six-to-eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Classes meet in the evening at the FBI field office. The mission of the FBI Citizens Academy is to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education.
Candidates are nominated by FBI employees, former Citizens Academy graduates, and community leaders. Participants are selected by the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.
After completing the FBI Citizens Academy program, graduates are encouraged to become members of the FBI Newark Citizens Academy Alumni Association. The FBINewarkCAAA hosts year-round member meetings and special events in order to support the FBI’s outreach mission in the community.
Graduates may apply for membership at a Basic, or Lifetime member level. Currently, there are nearly 60 FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Chapters across the United States, dedicated to making our neighborhoods safe, vibrant places to live and work.
FBICA stands for “FBI Citizens Academy”
FBICAAA stands for “FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association”
The FBICA is a six-seven week program where community leaders learn about law enforcement and more specifically the FBI. The FBICAAA is a follow-up program of the FBICA(Citizens Academy). Anyone who graduates from the FBICA program is eligible to the join the FBICAAA(Citizens Academy Alumni Association).
The short answer is no. The selection process for attending the Citizens Academy involves being nominated by an existing member or a recommendation from a special agent of the FBI along with a review by the members of the FBI and FBI outreach coordinators.
Anyone who has graduated from Citizens Academy program is eligible to join.
THE FBI CITIZENS ACADEMY ALMUNI ASSOCIATION IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION SEPARATE AND APART FROM THE FBI.