Learn the ins and outs of the criminal justice system

District attorney’s citizens academy applications due Aug. 31

Staff report
Posted 7/31/18

Applications for the 2018 session of the First Judicial District Attorney’s Citizens Academy are being accepted through Aug. 31. Open to residents of Jefferson and Gilpin counties, the academy …

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Learn the ins and outs of the criminal justice system

District attorney’s citizens academy applications due Aug. 31

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Applications for the 2018 session of the First Judicial District Attorney’s Citizens Academy are being accepted through Aug. 31.

Open to residents of Jefferson and Gilpin counties, the academy gives participants a better understanding of the criminal justice system.

The academy meets from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 19 to Dec. 12 at the District Attorney’s Training Room, 500 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden. The 12-week academy is designed to immerse participants in the judicial process, bringing the community together with law enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges.

“The work of the district attorney’s office within the criminal justice system is far more complex and diverse than most people know,” DA Pete Weir said in a news release. “With this program, we can show people not only the role of the district attorney’s office, but can also open up the process to them, helping to create a more informed and enlightened community.”

The academy includes hands-on instruction on case investigation and prosecution, including presentations on topics such as the autopsy of a high-profile case, child sex trafficking, elder abuse and identity theft.

The academy will include dialogue with criminal justice leaders, visits to the court and detention center, reviews of the functions of the district attorney’s office, and a walk-through of a criminal case.

Participants must submit an application and pass a criminal history background check. Space is limited.

For information and an application, go to www.jeffco.us/2328/citizens-academy.

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