From as early as she can remember, Krislyn Dorsey, 2020, has had a passion for helping others. She believes that the world can always be a better place and is intrigued by the work of law officers to keep citizens safe.
To better understand the criminal justice system and gain more exposure in a field she is so passionate about, Krislyn participated in the FBI Teen Academy at the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office in Woodlawn for the second year in a row. At the Academy, Krislyn participated in three days of hands-on experiences and case discussions to learn about counter terrorism, cyber and white collar crimes, gang threats and human trafficking. She also learned about the importance of linguistics, communications tools the FBI employs and ways to build trust between law enforcement and the community.
One of Krisyln’s favorite parts of the week was a staged robbery with the FBI’s S.W.A.T. team, where she interviewed the police officer at the scene of the crime and worked with her peers to figure out who the plant was. She was also very moved by a presentation from representatives of the Travis Manion Project, a national non-profit organization that empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop and promote strong character in future generations. Krislyn rounded out her summer internship by accompanying Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County police officers on two routine "ride alongs." Next year, she plans to apply for a 10-week internship with the FBI, where she would be able to work more closely with the special agents.
After this summer, Krislyn is more sure than ever that she wants to pursue a career in law enforcement and can envision how to make her dream a reality. “The FBI really wants regular people who just want to better the world,” she said. “I understand that I could have a place at the FBI and am excited to explore this further.”