The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Jackson field office will be holding a Citizens Academy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the state’s capital city.
The academy is a six- to eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI.
During the academy, students gain insight into the structure and operation of FBI field offices and resident agencies and learn the services the bureau provides to local and state law enforcement agencies.
At the conclusion of the program, graduates are encouraged to join their local FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Chapter for the purpose of strengthening relationships and improving understanding between the FBI and the community.
“It really bridges the gap in the lack of understanding of what we do and also, it helps to restore the trust in some situations, maintain the trust in other situations, and initiate it in some situations for what we do as a customer service provider to the citizens of the nations, and for me specifically here in the state of Mississippi,” FBI Special Agent Jermicha Fomby said on MidDays With Gerard Gibert.
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be a recognized business, religious, or community leader
- Live and/or work within the division’s jurisdiction
- Be at least 21 years old
- Consent to a limited background investigation, to include fingerprint checks
- Agree to attend all sessions, with no more than two excused absences.
Candidates can be nominated or self-nominate here. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, February 27. Selections of the final candidates class will be determined by the Jackson field office.
The Citizens Academy on the Mississippi Coast will be held at the Ocean Springs Police Department from April 12th-14th. Final dates for the next FBI Jackson Citizens Academy class are still being determined, but the class will tentatively begin in May.
Watch the full interview with FBI Special Agent Jermicha Fomby below.