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Sacramento FBI office accepting applications for fall teen academy

The FBI’s Sacramento office is accepting applications for its fall FBI Teen Academy.

This year’s academy, open to high school juniors, is scheduled Nov. 20 at the FBI’s Sacramento field office headquarters. Students will spend the day learning about how investigations are conducted and what it takes to work for the FBI.

Previous classes participated in discussions offering insight into topics and specialties such as the importance of making good choices when using online communication platforms, the difference between freedom of speech and violation of federal law, requirements for FBI applicants, and the FBI’s domestic and international roles, as well discussions about adjudicated cases.

Hands-on experiences involving evidence FBI’s response teams, bomb techs and auto shop also offers students the opportunity to learn about some of the agency’s tools and techniques, according to a news release.

Application packages are available on the “In Your Community” page on the FBI’s Sacramento field office website. Any high school junior attending a public, private, charter of home school may apply for consideration. The deadline is Oct. 23. Applicants need not be interested in pursuing a career in law enforcements, or have prior experience in a law or law enforcement academy.

Completed applications will include the application form, an essay discussing why the student wants to attend the academy and a release form.

The academy is offered free of charge. Students’ families, however, are responsible for transportation and any overnight accommodations necessary to attend the class.

The Sacramento FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association sponsors lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and other items for all students in attendance.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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