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The FBI partners with UMKC in a unique student organization

The FBI Student Academy returned for another year of educational and interactive seminars for students of all majors.The fall semester’s first FBI Student Academy seminar unfolded on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Student Union.

Students learned about the different roles and responsibilities of the Bureau. The academy consists of eight monthly, non-credit sessions led by FBI personnel. Each session covers a unique field or topic.

Students are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, but may pick and choose sessions depending on their area of interest. Students who attend six or more sessions will receive a certificate of participation from the FBI.

A critical theme underlined by Special Agent in Charge Darin Jones at Tuesday’s session was the need for a diverse body of students specializing in different areas of interest to consider possible FBI careers in the future.

Jones, who comes from a small Nebraskan town, majored in agriculture during his undergraduate career before joining the FBI. Agent Jones emphasized that any students with language skills in Mandarin or Farsi are highly sought by the Bureau.

Around half of the students at Tuesday’s seminar belong to the Criminology/Criminal Justice department, while the rest of the students varied from law to communication studies.

Special Agent Karen Jarman led last week’s FBI Student Academy seminar, where students learned about hostage/crisis negotations. (Source: Fox4).
Special Agent Karen Jarman led last week’s FBI Student Academy seminar, where
students learned about hostage/crisis negotations. (Source: Fox4).

Tuesday’s seminar covered Hostage/Crisis negotiation, and was led by Special Agent Karen Jarman.

Students learned about different tactics and techniques used by FBI personnel to defuse high intensity situations. They also listened to real recordings of crisis negotiation incidents.

This is the second year the FBI Student Academy has been on campus. The FBI first approached Chancellor Morton over a year ago to bring the student academy to campus.

The program is modeled after the FBI’s “Citizens Academy,” but integrated into a university setting. UMKC is one of a few universities that has this opportunity to interact with federal law enforcement agents and learn more about the FBI.

“The first year was a hands-down success. Typically, 50+ students participated in each session, and over 30 students received certificates for completing 6 or more sessions throughout the academic year,” said Ken Novak, a professor in the criminology and criminal justice department. “We gathered feedback from students–what topics and formats worked best for their needs – and from that feedback identified new topics for this year’s curriculum.”

Future seminars include:

Oct. 10: Civil Rights and Hate Crimes

Oct. 24: Evidence Response Team

Nov. 14: Behavioral Analysis

Jan. 23: International Terrorism

Feb. 20: Legal Authority and Deadly Force

March 13: Violent Crime

April 24: Drugs of Abuse and New Drug Trends

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