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FBI Academy Provides Hands-on Experience

The two-week Academy included a tour of the Albany Field Office.

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 4, 2017) -- Not many students outside of law enforcement can say they've dusted for fingerprints, but that's one of the scenes that emerged from the UAlbany FBI Collegiate Citizens Academy, where 44 students learned about the storied agency's mission and methods.

The students, many of whom are enrolled in and applied through the University's Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and its new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), participated in experiential learning programs covering cybersecurity, negotiation, gangs and human trafficking. They sat with its specialized units that tackle violent crimes against children and weapons of mass destruction. Importantly, they discussed the full range of career paths at the FBI.

Students at the FBI Academy
The students sat with its specialized units that tackle violent crimes against children and weapons of mass destruction, and discussed the full range of career paths at the FBI.

The three-week Academy included an April 19 tour of the Albany Field Office, located a few minutes from the UAlbany uptown campus, where the students viewed an FBI SWAT vehicle and medic unit, an armory vault and evidence room, and participated in demonstrations on how to detect DNA on various surfaces.

EOP Director Maritza Martinez, who organizes campus participation in the FBI Academy, said, "It has been a pleasure to work with our local FBI. Six years later, more than 200 students -- primarily from UAlbany's EOP, but also from our CEHC and digital forensics majors, as well as EOP and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students from local institutions such as Sage Colleges and Schenectady County Community College -- have participated and been educated on what the FBI does, and the wide array of career opportunities that are available through this federal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice."

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