Applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Citizens Academy, sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Yolo County Sheriff’s and Probation departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Davis, UC Davis, Woodland, Winters and West Sacramento police departments.
The Citizens Academy is an eight-week course designed to involve diverse communities in mutual learning about the criminal justice system. The goal is to educate the public and improve relationships and communication among the many different communities in Yolo County and the criminal justice system.
Scheduled topics will include the role of the district attorney; the role of law enforcement, including internal affairs and review boards; special challenges of prosecution; race as a factor in the criminal justice system; juvenile law; gangs; victim services; officer-involved shootings; AB 109/prison realignment; and the impacts of Proposition 47.
The academy will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday from May 14 to July 2 at a location to be determined. Class space is limited. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and reside in Yolo County, and the application deadline is April 3.