FBI Citizens Academy

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 Indianapolis 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.


Business, civic, and religious leaders, each nominated by a Bureau employee, previous Academy graduate or community leader. You must be at least 21 years old (with no prior felony convictions) and must live and work in the area covered by the field office, sponsoring the academy. Please note: Because classified techniques used in criminal and national security cases are discussed, nominees must undergo a background check and get an interim security clearance. Each session has around 20-30 students.


Coming Spring 2025


Special Agents of the Indianapolis field office, their senior managers and senior agent experts.


Indianapolis - October 2024


Classes generally are made up of six-to-eight weekly sessions of three hours each at the Indianapolis FBI Office, plus one Saturday session at the FBI Firearms Training Facility. Some years classes are offered in Fort Wayne and Merrillville.


  • FBI History and Jurisdiction
  • Partnerships with State, Local and other Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Domestic and International Terrorism
  • National Foreign Intelligence and Espionage
  • Cyber Crime
  • Public Corruption and Civil Rights
  • Organized Crime and Violent Crime
  • White Collar Crime
  • Deadly Force Policy and Firearms Participation
  • Evidence Response Team and Bomb Technicians
  • Applicants and Recruiting

    FBI Indianapolis Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization separate and apart from the FBI

    Citizens Academy Foundation, INC. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization | P.O. Box 80182 | Indianapolis, IN 46280-0182 

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