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West Hartford Resident and JCC Security Director Completes FBI Citizens Academy

FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Turner (left) with Mandell JCC Director of Security Jim Schwab. Courtesy photo

Jim Schwab, director of Safety & Security for the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, recently attended the FBI Citizen’s Academy.

Submitted by Michelle Bonner, Mandell JCC

The Mandell JCC’s Director of Safety & Security, Jim Schwab, a resident of West Hartford, recently completed training at the FBI Citizen Academy in New Haven, CT.

The Academy is an eight-week program designed to give qualified community leaders an up close and personal look at how the FBI carries out its mission. Instruction is provided by FBI supervisors and personnel, and attendees participate in a wide range of activities and lectures similar to traditional methods used at the FBI Academy in Quantico.

“This was an incredible opportunity to have a window into the work the FBI does,” says Schwab, who has worked for the JCC since 2016. “I was in law enforcement for many years, and it was my hope to gain more perspective and a better understanding about the FBI’s mission. The goal of the Citizens Academy is to expose people to the far-reaching responsibility that this investigative body has.”

Upon graduation from the Academy, participants work with the Citizens Academy Alumni Association to promote a safer community through service projects and education programs.

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