2023 Citizens Academy Nominations
FBI San Diego is now accepting nominations for the 2023 FBI Citizens Academy, which will be held on Tuesday evenings, March 7 through April 18, 2023, with Range Day and Graduation on Monday, April 24. Visit the FBI San Diego Community Outreach page and complete an online nomination form for each nominee by Friday, November 18. Due to high demand, the selection process is competitive, and acceptance is not guaranteed. After the nomination period ends, an email will be sent containing the application form and instructions.
Get in Gear
The FBISDCAAA has awesome apparel to share with members. Jackets, fleece, polos, hats, and pins. Place your order today!
Victim Assistance Project
The FBISDCAAA Victim Assistance Project is intended to provide discretionary funding and services to help meet the critical needs of victims and assist in reducing the effects of trauma, which may include:
- Clothes for rape victims when investigators must collect their clothes for DNA testing
- Suitcases for victims of human trafficking who have nothing but a trash bag to carry their belongings
- Lodging/accommodations and/or transportation for individuals and families fleeing violent situations
- Dental or medical procedures for victims of torture and abuse
- Meals for a community/congregation victimized by a hate crime
Learn more about our efforts at FBISDCAAA.org/VAP.
A Beary Special Cause
San Diego Regional Law Enforcement has been a proud supporter and partner of Rady Children’s Hospital for the last three decades and the FBISDCAAA is humbled to support the event as well. Our membership dues help contribute to providing teddy bears to every patient at the hospital.
Chapter of Excellence Award
Our chapter was honored to again receive the Presidential Chapter of Excellence Award for 2019. With the COVID-19 pandemic and limits on in-person meetings, we took extra precautions to meet and discuss Chapter initiatives for 2021 and celebrate winning this prestigious award from the FBI National Citizens Academy. The award is given to FBINCAAA chapters that exhibit excellence in all organizational aspects, a strong partnership with their local FBI Field Office, and successful community outreach programs. We were honored to receive the award in 2019 and to receive the Excellence in Operations award in 2020.
Across the country, FBISDCAAA members join more than 31,000 alumni who have graduated from 60 chapters that sponsored the FBI Citizens Academy during the last 25 years. At the National Leadership Conference in Houston in August 2019, FBISDCAAA Vice President Ingrid Rainey (center) accepted the “Chapter of Excellence Award” from Kevin Jensen, National President (San Francisco) and Kathie Wylie, National Vice President, Chapter Relations (New Orleans). Requirements to receive this award are significant and include several activities that support FBI outreach in our community.
At the 2018 national conference, the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors awarded its prestigious Presidential Gold Medal to three FBI San Diego CAAA members, including Gary Bobileff, and Mike Struttmann. They were recognized for their outstanding support of law enforcement over a 12-day period in mid-May 2018 when they coordinated, delivered, and (in some cases) cooked meals for approximately 125 Federal, State, and Local law enforcement professionals and forensic analysts.
Meet the FBI’s Crisis Canines
Wally and Giovanni are the FBI’s new Crisis Response Canines, part of a pilot program launched by the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance. Learn how their warm hearts and sweet brown eyes help both victims and first responders cope with mass casualty events in this short video.
Congratulations to 2019 Graduates
On May 21, more than 30 new alumni celebrated graduating from the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy’s spring 2019 class. FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner presented certificates to each graduate following dinner at the Admiral Kidd Club.
Cyber Warnings from Headquarters
Bold and ruthless, cyber criminals are constantly looking for their next victim. Whether it is ransomware, Fake FBI Emails or the most recent online scam, stay informed and aware with the e-scams and warnings from FBI Headquarters.
The FBI is seeking to diversify its special agent workforce as it hires more than 900 special agents in the coming fiscal year. Visit fbijobs.gov for details and the application.
FBI Director Wray Visited San Diego
FBI Director Christopher Wray visited the FBI San Diego Field Office in mid-November 2018 and met with local law enforcement leadership, InfraGard members, corporate partner representatives, and FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association board members. After sharing a little about himself and his tenure in public service, Director Wray spoke about the importance of public-private partnerships and how much has changed in our society that led to evolution of and increased importance of partnerships between government and corporate entities. He relayed appreciation for the relationship between the FBI and Citizens Academy sites across the country and applauded the San Diego chapter for graduating two Citizens Academy classes in 2018.
FBI Celebrated 110 Years in 2018
The FBI was established on July 26, 1908, by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte with just 34 special agents and was officially named the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. Since then, the FBI has grown to nearly 37,000 employees, including more than 13,500 special agents and more than 22,800 professional staff employees in 56 field offices, more than 400 resident agencies, and 90 legal attaché offices and sub-offices worldwide. Read the full article at fbi.gov.