Sacto 9-1-1
March 1, 2013
Academy to acquaint Yolo County residents with criminal justice system

Applications are available for the Yolo County District Attorney Citizens Academy.

Now in its second year, the academy is sponsored by the DA's Office in cooperation with the Yolo County Sheriff's Office, Yolo County Probation Department and the Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland police departments.

The academy is a 10-week course designed to involve diverse communities in learning about the criminal justice system, with the goal of improving relationships and communication, according to a news release.

Scheduled topics include the role of the district attorney; the role of law enforcement, including internal affairs and review boards; special challenges of prosecution, including the "three strikes" law and domestic violence; race as a factor in the criminal justice system; juvenile law; and gangs.

The academy will meet at the Yolo County Sheriff's Office from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays for 10 weeks beginning April 11. The class is limited to 20 participants, and the application deadline is March 21.

To enroll, call Wendy Wilcox at (530) 666-8356 or email wendy.wilcox@yolocounty.org. More information is available online at www.yoloda.org

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