Welcome to our world:FBI pulls back the curtain - a little

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By Carol A. Clark

ALBUQUERQUE — Curious residents are getting an interesting glimpse into the mostly clandestine world of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) through the New Mexico bureau’s Citizens’ Academy.“I’m impressed by this agency and the people in it,” said one participant after interacting with a number of agents and support staff during the first two sessions of the eight-week program. “I wish everyone could experience this academy. It leaves no doubt as to the dedication these people feel in their mission to protect us, our communities and our country.”The physically fit, alert demeanor of the agents was generally expected, but their open, humorous personalities surprised many.“I didn’t realize FBI agents are so much like the rest of us,” said another participant, who confessed to prejudging agents as being seriously withdrawn individuals. “They like to talk about many of the same things we do and they’re a lot of fun to be around.”The Albuquerque bureau has been conducting citizens’ academies annually since moving into its new facility four years ago. Some 200 agents and support personnel work in the three-story brick building, which houses 98,000 square feet of work, meeting and storage space at 4200 Luecking Park Avenue NE. New Mexico’s Special Agent In Charge (SAC) Thomas C.

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