House Republicans Cyberbreach

In this 2017 file photo, traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington streaks past the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building. The National Republican Congressional Committee said Tuesday that it was hit with a "cyber intrusion" during the 2018 midterm campaigns and has reported the breach to the FBI.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is accepting applications from Colorado and Wyoming residents who want to learn more about the country’s chief law enforcement agency.

A 10-week citizens’ academy will begin on March 11, 2020, and continue weekly through May 11. Nov. 25 of this year is the deadline to apply.

A panel of FBI employees will screen for 30 finalists, and citizens’ academy alumni will also review the nominations. Those who pass a limited background check will enroll in the class.

The structure of the program — based out of the Denver field office — includes eight weeks of instruction, a “range day,” an exercise and graduation.

Several Colorado district attorney offices and police departments also run citizens academies to spread understanding of how law enforcement functions. 

Per the FBI’s criteria, applicants must be age 21 or older and be recognized business, religious or community leaders.

“Graduates, while not official spokespersons for the FBI, may be called upon to share their understanding of the role of federal law enforcement, specifically the FBI,” the application reads.

The Denver FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association indicates that graduates of the program have quarterly meetings and help sponsor teen academies and remain active volunteers with community groups.

Interested persons may apply here: https://forms.fbi.gov/fbi-citizens-academy-nomination-form-denver/view.

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