Academy takes in-depth look at criminal justice system

Classes give participants chance to learn about functions of district attorney’s office

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Residents who live in the 18th Judicial District are invited to apply for the 2019 fall citizens academy, a seven-week program that explores different parts of the criminal justice system.

Each class explores the roles of various members of the office and gives students an in-depth look at what happens on a case from the time of arrest through post-conviction. In addition, attendees will explore functions of specialized units such as the special victims unit, the economic crimes unit, the cold case unit, crime scene investigations, county court and juvenile justice. Students also will learn the intricacies of a jury trial.

Meetings will take place from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 11 to Oct. 23 at the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Arapahoe County office at 6450 S. Revere Parkway, Centennial.

Limited spaces are available. Preference will be given to applicants who live in the 18th Judicial District and are first-time attendees. Participants must be at least 18 years old, complete an application and pass a criminal background. Members of the media and family of employees are welcome to apply.

The judicial district encompasses Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties.

The application form can be found at www.da18.org/community-outreach/citizens-academy. The deadline for applications is Aug. 16. To submit an application, mail it to: Office of the District Attorney, c/o Alejandra Flores, 6450 S. Revere Parkway, Centennial, CO 80111; email it to aflores@da18.state.co.us; or fax it to 720-874-8790.

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 Aug. 23.

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