DA Schubert Announces Open Applications for Virtual Citizens Academy
Learn about the criminal justice system ~ Discuss issues related to race relations, gang & hate crimes and sensitive current events ~ Engage in open discussions with top administrators
The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, and Sacramento County Probation Department are proud to announce the 21st Annual Citizens Academy. The 2020 Citizens Academy was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year’s program is being offered virtually.
The academy was created to improve communication, foster a better understanding and develop relationships between members of the criminal justice system and our citizens, including those from different ethnic, cultural and faith-based communities. Since the start of the academy in 2002, there have been 20 graduating classes with 1,100 participants.
The program provides an overview of the criminal justice system (law enforcement roles, responsibilities and challenges) and engages citizens from all backgrounds in discussion, participation and mutual learning about issues within the criminal justice system. Topics include a panel discussion on sensitive current events and “outside the box” approaches to the justice system.
Representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, Probation Department, Public Defender’s Office, law enforcement, the judiciary, and community organizations will provide information, answer questions and address community concerns.
DA Anne Marie Schubert states, “I highly encourage citizens across Sacramento County to participate in our virtual Citizens Academy, where they will meet and engage with various members of the criminal justice system. In this time of social distancing, we felt it was important to offer the academy virtually this year so we can continue building and strengthening relationships with the community we serve.”
There is NO cost to participants.The 10-week course is held Tuesday evenings starting April 6, 2021 to June 8, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
The deadline for submitting applications is March 12, 2021