District Attorney Citizens Academy

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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. It was such a success that we have had more applicants than we could accept for the past three years. We will hold our fourth Citizens Academy in beginning September 20, 2016.

Here are some of the comments from our students:

  • “This was an extremely professional experience. Very thorough. It is obvious that the members of your office are passionate about their mission and they view what they do as a calling. Thank you for doing this academy and allowing me to attend!”
  • “Very informative and I learned a lot. It really taught me what was fact or fiction about watching crime shows.”
  • “I was impressed with the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the people who work in the District Attorney’s Office.”
  • “Wow! The class was excellent. I learned so much! The presenters are wonderful at communicating what they do. Thanks goes out to these people and what they do. What a great class.”
  • “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.”
  • “I was totally impressed by how many intelligent, dedicated people we have working for the citizens of Colorado against the worst in our society.”
  • “Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the 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 system 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.”
  • Great academy! I will suggest this academy to my friends. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!”

The 2016 academy will begin Tuesday, September 20 and will be held for eight weeks through November 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 1000 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton. We will not hold a session on Tuesday, November 8, which is Election Day.

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

Members of the District Attorney’s Office staff will help you learn how cases are charged, investigated and prosecuted. You will come away with an understanding of county, district and juvenile courts, crime scene investigation, homicide cases, the coroner’s office and the difference between how a real district attorney’s office works compared with what is seen on television.

Last year’s academy featured a hands-on Crime Scene Investigation session in which detectives and crime scene investigators created a crime scene and members of the class participated in solving the crime.

The final session will feature a mock trial with academy members as jurors.

Applications are required and are due by August 31, 2016.   

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