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Citizens' Academy

The ATF Los Angeles Field Division Citizens’ Academy began in 2006. The goal of the Citizens’ Academy is to create a greater understanding of ATF’s role in the community through education and open discussion. It is a unique opportunity for local residents, religious, business and civic leaders to learn what ATF does on a daily basis to make our neighborhoods safer places to live. Students learn ATF’s regulatory and technical capabilities in the reduction of violent crime affecting federal firearms, explosive, arson and tobacco laws.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • ATF history, mission and jurisdiction
  • Certified Explosives Specialist program
  • Certified Fire Investigator program
  • Explosives Detection Canine
  • Explosives regulations
  • FFL inspections and firearms regulations
  • ATF Mobile Laboratory
  • “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” Training Simulator
  • Firearms Range day
  • Special Response Team
  • Case study presentations
  • Southern California Regional Crime Gun Center

The next Citizens’ Academy is scheduled to begin in Spring 2014. For additional information, or to receive an application, please contact Special Agent Meredith Davis at (818) 265-2500. You may also download an application here.

  • Must be a civic, religious or community leader
  • Must be at least 21 years old (with no prior felony convictions)
  • Must complete an Application and Authorization to Conduct a Law Enforcement Check
  • Must live and/or work within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Field Division

Apply Here!

Citizens' Academy Application

Mailing Address
Bureau of ATF
Citizens’ Academy
Attn: Special Agent Meredith Davis
550 N. Brand Blvd., Suite #800
Glendale, CA 91203