Do you have what it takes to be a federal agent? Well, if you do not, then you can still get a glimpse of what being in the Federal Bureau of Investigation is like.
The FBI Citizens Academy met at the Port Authority Training Center to learn about the FBI specialty teams and spent sometime on the firing range shooting everything from the FBI issued handgun to the historic Tommy Gun. It is a national program and this was the first time it was held in Southwest Florida.
The Citizens Academy lets community leaders partner with the FBI. It is a partnership enabling a series of lectures on the mission of the FBI and the specialties agency brings to conduct federal investigations to worldwide missions in an eight week program.
After graduating the citizens Academy, the FBI hopes participants can educate people in the community as a peer in a way that the agency cannot.
The students get hands on training in everything from hazardous evidence response team protocols to flying small drones inside building to gathering intelligence for the Special Weapons and Tactics team.
Some soon to be graduates have a better understanding of what the FBI does on a daily basis and only a few weeks left in the programs.
“It was a privilege to be chosen to come through this, absolutely recommend,” said Michele Yovanovich, who is the dean of students at Florida Gulf Coast University. “When I go to work I tell folks if they ask you to do it absolutely you should do it.”