District Attorney Citizens Academy

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is proud to offer a Citizens Academy to the public each year. Establishing a Citizens Academy was one of the priorities of District Attorney Dave Young when he took office in January 2013. We held our first Citizens Academy in the fall of 2013.

Forty people graduated from the academy in November 2013. Here are some of their comments about the academy:

  • “I was impressed with the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the people who work in the district attorney’s office.”
  • “This was a wonderful opportunity. Thank you!”
  • “Amazing speakers. I continue to be gratified for dedicated public servants.”
  • “All of the speakers were excellent! Informative, thought-provoking.”
  • “I continue to be impressed by the professionalism, competence and desire to get it right of the people associated with law enforcement in Adams County.”
  • “Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the first Adams County Citizens Academy. Not only did I come away with a new respect for the legal system and the people who participate in it, the academy also served as a model for how to convey to an interested but uninformed audience how the systems works. The obvious thought and effort that went into material preparation and topic and speaker selection all contributed to an experience that will have ramifications beyond the eight weeks for me.”
  • “Thank you so much for putting on the academy. I expected a lot from the experience but my expectations have been greatly surpassed.”

The 2015 academy will begin Fall 2015 and will be held at the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The free eight-week program will provide an understanding of the work done by prosecutors and law enforcement in our district and an inside look in the criminal justice system.

Members of the District Attorney’s Office staff will help you learn how cases are charged, investigated and put on trial. You will come away with an understanding of county, district and juvenile court, the diversion program, victim services, crime scene investigation, homicide cases and the difference between how a real district attorney’s office works compared with what is seen on television. The final session will feature a mock trial with academy members as jurors.

Applications are required and are due by September 4, 2015. Click here to apply:

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