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Posted on: August 8, 2017

DA’s Citizens Academy Accepting Applications for 2017 Session

The First Judicial District Attorney’s Citizens Academy is accepting applications for the 2017 session

  • The First Judicial District Attorney’s Citizens Academy is accepting applications for the 2017 session. This Academy is open to residents of Jefferson and Gilpin counties and is designed to help create a better understanding of the criminal justice system.

           WHEN:      Wednesday evenings 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
                          September 20 to December 6, 2017  

           WHERE:   District Attorney’s Training Room
                                  500 Jefferson County Parkway
                          Golden, CO 80401

    The Academy is a 12-week program designed to immerse citizens in the judicial process, bringing the community together with law enforcement, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges.  

    “The work of the District Attorney’s Office within the criminal justice system is far more complex and diverse than most people know,” District Attorney Pete Weir said, regarding the need for the Academy, “With this program we can show people not only the role of the District Attorney’s Office but can also open up the process to them, helping to create a more informed and enlightened community.”

    The Academy will include hands-on instruction on case investigation and prosecution, including presentations on topics such as the autopsy of a high profile case, child sex trafficking, elder abuse, and ID theft. The Academy will include dialogue with criminal justice leaders, visits to the court and Detention Center, review of the functions of the District Attorney’s Office and a “walk through” of a criminal case.

    Participants must live in Jefferson or Gilpin County, submit an application by August 25, 2017 and pass a criminal history background check. Space is limited and an application is required.

    More information on the Citizens Academy and the application for may be found on the DA website,

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