The FBI Norfolk Citizens Academy Alumni Association [FBINORCAAA] was formed in November 2006 by 14 alumni from the 2004 through 2006 Citizens Academy classes. We have enjoyed steady membership growth from the FBI Citizens Academy classes conducted each year by the FBI Norfolk Field Office and have expanded our community outreach employing members’ skills. Our served area includes the seven Hampton Roads cities and extends west to Williamsburg and north on the Eastern Shore. Initially, we met quarterly, but growth in both membership and activities led to more frequent participation anchored by monthly meetings. Activities are coordinated each year by the FBI Norfolk Field Office Senior Agent in Charge and our Community Outreach Specialist. We focus on community outreach goals aligned with FBI goals and appropriate to our communities. In addition to providing support for each Citizens Academy class, activities sponsored and supported through the years have included the annual Law Enforcement Memorial bicycle ride, FBI Child ID programs, informative training on cyber bullying, avoiding internet risks, identity theft, opioid addiction awareness, human trafficking, and local gang activity.
In 2008, we initiated a Law Enforcement Symposium, a day-long opportunity for all branches of law enforcement to network and learn. This symposium has become a well-attended event that over 200 local law enforcement leaders look forward to attending every April.
Our community outreach extends to sponsorship of Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion consortium, participation in the annual Mayflower Marathon food drive, and Norfolk Neighborhood Expo increasing our exposure to community leaders.
In 2018, we coordinated with the FBI Norfolk Field Office to conduct a week-long training for teens called Future Agents In Training (FAIT) Teen Academy. In addition to the outreach objectives, we have several social gatherings each year including movie nights at Cinema Café, Tides games at Harbor Park and an annual kickoff gala in January where the goals and objectives for the coming year are previewed.
We enjoy outstanding relations with the FBI Norfolk Field Office and our outstanding performance has been awarded for the last three years with the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Chapter of Excellence.
The FBI Norfolk CAAA has been honored with several national awards throughout its history. Click here to see the full list of awards given by the FBI National CAAA, and the qualifications for each.
Below is a list of the awards received.
Chapter of Excellence: A Chapter of Excellence must have completed the following:
Years received: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Chapter of Distinction: A Chapter of Distinction must have completed the following:
Years received: 2017
Pacesetter Award: The Pacesetter Award, started in 2019, is awarded to chapters that have continuously improved their programs and are leaders in their regions.
Years received: 2019
FBINCAAA Gold Medal Award: The FBINCAAA Gold Medal Award is given to members who have performed above and beyond expectations on behalf of the FBI in their community.
Innovation Award: The Innovation Award is presented to one chapter each year, that has developed and delivered a highly impactful education and outreach program in their community.