Applications accepted for spring citizens academy

Workings of DA's office will be explored by area residents

Staff report
Posted 2/23/18

Interested residents can learn more about the criminal justice system during a free, seven-week citizens' academy offered by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Academy classes take place …

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Applications accepted for spring citizens academy

Workings of DA's office will be explored by area residents

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Interested residents can learn more about the criminal justice system during a free, seven-week citizens' academy offered by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Academy classes take place from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from April 11 to May 23 in the DA's Douglas County office, 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock.

Each class explores the role of various members of the office. The academy gives students an in-depth look at what happens from the time someone is arrested, all the way through a potential trial and conviction.

Attendees will explore the functions of the specialized units in the district attorney's office including the special victims unit, the economic crimes unit, the cold case unit, crime scene investigations, county court and juvenile justice.

Students also will have the chance to learn the intricacies of a jury trial.

Limited space is available. Preference is given to applicants who live in the 18th Judicial District — Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties — and are first-time attendees. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Those who are interested must complete an application and pass a criminal background check to be considered for attendance. Members of the media are welcome to apply.

The application is on the office website at www.da18.org/community-outreach/citizens-academy. The deadline for applications is March 9.

Applications can be mailed to Barbara Martin-Worley, Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District, 4000 Justice Way, Ste 2525-A, Castle Rock, CO 80109; emailed to bmw@da18.state.co.us; or faxed to 720-733-4689. If a mailed application might not be received by March 9, please call Martin-Worley by that date at 720-874-8487 to let her know the application is on its way.

Once the academy is full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Attendees will be notified of their acceptance in the academy no later than March 20.

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