HAMPTON—For the first time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Future Agent in Training (FAIT) Teen Academy Program will partner with the Hampton Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Hampton Police Department to provide high school students in Hampton, and surrounding cities, with an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI.
FAIT is a five-day program that will be held this year July 12–16 for students ages 16 to 18 who live within the FBI Norfolk Division’s area of responsibility, which include Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, and the Eastern Shore. FAIT gives local youth a better understanding of the FBI and what it takes to keep Americans safe, highlighting the myriad positions and career paths that work together to uphold the Constitution.
“Three days of this training program will be in Hampton,” said Vanessa Torres, Community Outreach Specialist, FBI Norfolk. “However, the first two days will be at the Norfolk FBI office. We felt if we were hosting the program and talking about the mission and priorities of the FBI, we wanted to give students an inside look at where we work and what we do.”
Students will be provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF), bomb tech, simulated firearms training, counterintelligence, gangs and organized crime, cybercrime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office.
Students will learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, law enforcement officials, and various support positions. Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck and Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell will also give presentations.
This year’s team will consist of 32 students who have already submitted their applications and permission slips, and have purchased the uniforms they’ll need to participate. “They will receive a polo shirt and a physical training shirt,” said Torres. “On Day Four they will participate in a physical fitness test at the Hampton Police Department. We require a uniform because we want them to look clean and professional.”