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Guidelines for Nominations

Nominations for the FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy may be submitted by past and/or present FBI employees, Citizens Academy graduates, or any individual wishing to self-nominate.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A recognized business, religious, or community leader
  • Live and/or work within the Division’s jurisdiction
  • Minimum age 21 years
  • No prior felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • No misdemeanor or felony arrests within one year of application
  • Must consent to a limited background check
  • Agree to attend all sessions with no more than two (2) excused absences
A Special Agent demonstrates using an alternate light source in a dark room. Members are gathered around and behind her, all wearing dark glasses while peering at a glowing blue light.
Photo Credit: FBI Jacksonville, Florida | Special Agent uses an alternate light source during a Citizens Academy demonstration.

Selection Process

A small group of adults stand gathered around a set of organizational drawers while listening to a person speak and give a demonstration.

Photo Credit: FBI Jacksonville, Florida | FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy attendees learn how crime scene evidence is gathered and analyzed.

You may nominate a candidate (or self-nominate) in one of three ways. In all cases there is a nomination form and a narrative, where you will state your reasons for nominating the candidate:

  1. Check if nominations are open for the next FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy, over at the FBI Sacramento website
  2. Complete and submit the form!
  3. If you plan to nominate more than one candidate, please submit a clean form for each nominee.
  4. For questions, please email Community Outreach Specialist Shelby Samaniego: SSAMANIEGO@fbi.gov

Candidate submissions will be reviewed and selected by field office personnel and those chosen will be notified by email within 2 months of an upcoming academy.

Image of the FBI seal embedded the floor in dark brown and gold.
Photo Credit: FBISACCAAA | FBI seal at Quantico, Virginia.

Top Tips

If nominations are closed, please check back often!

You can also email info@fbisaccaaa.org and ask to be put on an email list to be the first to know when nominations are open.

At the conclusion of the program, graduates are encouraged to join FBI Sacramento Citizens Academy Alumni Chapter for the purpose of strengthening relationships and improving understanding between the FBI and the community.