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July 1, 2014

IAA counsel joins community leaders selected to FBI Citizens Academy

The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) congratulates Joseph Heerens, its general counsel, on his selection to the FBI Citizens Academy in Indianapolis, where a select group of local business, civic, and religious leaders will benefit from a curriculum administered and taught by FBI special agents, their senior managers, and senior agent experts. The curriculum includes sessions on FBI jurisdiction, evidence collection, forensic procedures, counterintelligence, firearms training, civil rights, ethics and criminal trends.

Participants in the Academy are given a rare and up-close look at the FBI’s mission and capabilities in our country and around the world, and they will ultimately benefit the communities they represent through an enhanced understanding of the FBI. Participants will serve as community ambassadors, helping to promote safer communities and fostering essential connections between the FBI and citizens of the state of Indiana.

“It is an honor to be selected for the FBI Citizens Academy,” Heerens said in a press release. “Law enforcement and security play vital roles in ensuring the safety of our nation, and I look forward to learning more about the FBI and how it supports our region.”

“We’re thrilled with Joe’s selection to the Academy and look forward to the knowledge and experience that he will bring back to our organization after his completion of this program,” Mario Rodriguez, executive director of the IAA said.

The Academy will run in a series of weekly, three-and-a-half hour evening classes at FBI Headquarters (Indianapolis) during the months of September and October 2014.

Prior to his service with the IAA, Heerens served as chief legislative counsel and policy director to former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. In 2010, Gov. Daniels recognized Heerens’ contributions to the state of Indiana by presenting him with Indiana’s Distinguished Hoosier Award. He was also recognized, in 2010, as one of the most influential people at the Indiana Statehouse.

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