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Sacramento County DA’s office accepting applications for Citizens Academy

Sacramento County residents interested in learning about local law enforcement and the criminal justice system are invited to apply for the annual Citizens Academy.

The 10-week course, offered free of charge, is sponsored by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and the Sacramento Police and Sacramento County Sheriff’s departments. The program is intended to improve communications, foster better understanding and develop relationships between members of the criminal justice system and people in the community, including those from different ethnic, cultural and faith-based groups. More than 860 people have participated in the academy since 2002, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

The program provides an overview of law enforcement roles, responsibilities and challenges and aims to engage people from all backgrounds in discussion and learning about the criminal justice system. New topics this year include a panel discussion of sensitive current events and “outside the box” approaches to the justice system.

Representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, law enforcement, the judiciary and community organizations will present information, answer questions and discuss community concerns.

Sessions will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning April 5 at the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association’s office, 4000 Truxel Road, Suite 3, in the Natomas area.

Applications are due by March 11. Forms are available online via the District Attorney’s Office website, http://www.sacda.org/communityrelations/citizens-academy/. They also may be requested by calling Erica Sevigny at 916-874-5251, or by emailing her at sevignyer@sacda.org.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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