National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6 is National Night Out, an annual event to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community relations. The FBI San Diego field office will have outreach booths at several events around the region.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let Charmin Lindholm know.

Meet the FBI’s Crisis Canines

Wally and Giovanni are the FBI’s new Crisis Response Canines, part of a pilot program launched by the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance. Learn how their warm hearts and sweet brown eyes help both victims and first responders cope with mass casualty events in this short video

Welcome SAC Scott Brunner

On May 28, 2019, FBHeadshot of SAC Scott BrunnerI Director Christopher Wray announced Scott Brunner as the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego field office. Brunner has been with the agency nearly 24 years and previously spent about four years in San Diego supervising a strike force that tackled major Mexican drug traffickers. Read the UT article.

Brunner replaces Suzanne Turner, who had been the acting special agent in charge since February, when SAC John Brown was promoted to assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division in Washington, D.C. The FBISDCAAA thanks acting SAC Turner for her leadership and support in recent months and during our spring Citizens Academy.

Congratulations to New Graduates

On May 21, more than 30 new alumni celebrated graduating from the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy’s spring 2019 class. FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner presented certificates to each graduate following dinner at the Admiral Kidd Club.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with preparations for Youth Programs like Junior Special Agent Graduation Day and Teen Academies in the summer. Contact Community Outreach Chair, Charmin Lindholm at Past volunteer efforts include outreach booths at the Miramar Air Show, Kroc Center’s Annual Boo Bash Fall Festival and Carnival, National Night Out, the San Diego County Fair.

Cyber Warnings from Headquarters

Bold and ruthless, cyber criminals are constantly looking for their next victim. Whether it is ransomware, Fake FBI Emails or the most recent online scam, stay informed and aware with the e-scams and warnings from FBI Headquarters.

FBI Jobs

The FBI is seeking to diversify its special agent workforce as it hires more than 900 special agents in the coming fiscal year. Visit for details and the application.

Connections Wanted

Are you connected to a youth organization that we can partner with for community outreach? Email Charmin Lindholm, Community Outreach Chair, at Here are a few highlights of FBI programs the FBISDCAAA supports:

  1. Safe Online Surfing is a free online cyber citizenship program for 3rd-8th graders.
  2. Don’t Be a Puppet is an interactive website that makes teens aware of the destructive reality of various forms of violent extremism, including hateful attacks based on race, religion, or other factors. Teens learn how to recognize violent extremist messaging and become more resistant to self-radicalization and possible recruitment.
  3. It’s No Joke – Think Before You Post is a social media campaign to bring awareness that hoax threats are serious federal crimes. Those who post or send these threats can receive up to five years in federal prison, or they can face state or local charges.

Speakers Bureau

The FBISDCAAA developed a Speakers Bureau to inform the public about the history, mission, and priorities of the FBI. This information provides everyday citizens insight into the FBI’s role in combating the major threats faced by our country, as well as information about our FBI San Diego Citizens Academy. The presenters are civilian graduates of the FBI Citizens Academy who have been exposed, in detail, to the workings of the FBI at the San Diego office, FBI Academy in Quantico, and FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Through these presentations, our goal is to enhance awareness of the Bureau’s activities, dispel any misconceptions, and encourage the community to assist the FBI in its mission of protecting our communities and nation. Please contact if you have a group or organization that would like to schedule a presentation.

FBI Director Wray Visited San Diego

FBI Director Christopher Wray visited the FBI San Diego Field Office in mid-November 2018 and met with local law enforcement leadership, InfraGard members, corporate partner representatives, and FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association board members. After sharing a little about himself and his tenure in public service, Director Wray spoke about the importance of public-private partnerships and how much has changed in our society that led to evolution of and increased importance of partnerships between government and corporate entities. He relayed appreciation for the relationship between the FBI and Citizens Academy sites across the country and applauded the San Diego chapter for graduating two Citizens Academy classes in 2018.

FBI Celebrated 110 Years in 2018

The FBI was established on July 26, 1908, by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte with just 34 special agents and was officially named the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. Since then, the FBI has grown to nearly 37,000 employees, including more than 13,500 special agents and more than 22,800 professional staff employees in 56 field offices, more than 400 resident agencies, and 90 legal attaché offices and sub-offices worldwide. Read the full article at

2018 National Conference Awards

At the 2018 national conference, the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors awarded its prestigious Presidential Gold Medal to three FBI San Diego CAAA members: Sheri Sachs, Gary Bobileff, and Mike Struttmann. They were recognized for their outstanding support of law enforcement over a 12-day period in mid-May 2018 when they coordinated, delivered, and (in some cases) cooked meals for approximately 125 Federal, State, and Local law enforcement professionals and forensic analysts.