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 that fall.

Our first Citizens Academy in the fall of 2013. It is such a success that we have had more applicants than we could accept for the past  six years. We will hold our seventh Citizens Academy beginning September 17, 2019.

Here are some of the comments from our students:

  • “The academy is fantastic. The quality and depth of the presentations is exceptional. It is like taking an 8-week college course on the criminal justice system. I have learned so much. I am left with such respect for the professionalism and dedication of the people in the District Attorney’s Office. I would recommend this academy to anyone!”
  • “This entire program has been fantastic. A revelation of another world.”
  • “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. The academy allows me to understand what happens behind the scenes in my community.”
  • “I was impressed with the professionalism, dedication and commitment of the people who work in the District Attorney’s Office.”
  • “I can’t believe the amount of energy and focus all presenters had for this after-hours class. Tremendous regard for all who serve the citizens of Adams and Broomfield County! Thank you for presenting this important material to the public.
  • “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.”
  • Loved this academy! I learned so much and I will suggest this academy to my friends. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!”

The 2019 academy will begin Tuesday, September 17  and will be held for eight weeks through November 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 1000 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton.

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 as well as other law enforcement representatives 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, how officer-involved shootings are handled,  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.

Here is a link to our agenda from last year’s academy.

Applications are required and are due by August 30, 2019.   


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