CRESTON — Diogenes (Dio) Ayala, lead instructor for Southwestern Community College’s criminal justice program, was selected to the FBI Citizens Academy.

The FBI Citizens Academy program, based in Des Moines, is an engaging seven-week program that gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Classes meet in the evenings at FBI field offices around the country. The mission of FBI Citizens Academies is to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education. Students learn about forensics, terrorism, hate crimes, cybercrime, human trafficking, money laundering and many other topics. Candidates are nominated by FBI employees, former Citizens Academy graduates, and community leaders.

“I am very excited for this opportunity, anything that is learned from this experience will be brought back to the program,” stated Ayala. “Getting a better understanding on federal law enforcement, specifically what the FBI does for the community, will be reinforced in the class room.”

Ayala was one of 22 individuals selected by the special agent in charge of the Omaha field office, through a competitive selection process. The Omaha field office has two citizen academies (Des Moines and Omaha) a year. The FBI is currently hiring for special agents and administrative staff. Head to www.FBI.gov for details.