Citizens learn about local justice system

Graduates of the 2012 “Citizens Academy,” with Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig at right. (Courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig has announced that 23 county residents graduated from the inaugural session of the Yolo County Law Enforcement Citizens Academy.

  The graduation ceremony was held June 21. The Academy was sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the Probation Department and police departments from Davis, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.

  The Citizens Academy is an eight-week course “designed to involve diverse communities in participating in mutual learning about the criminal justice system, diversity, and racial issues within the framework of our system of justice.  The goal is to achieve improved relationships and communication between diverse communities and the criminal justice system,” reported the D.A.’s office.

  Weekly sessions included: The Role of the District Attorney; The Role of Law Enforcement, including Internal Affairs and Review Boards; Special Challenges of Prosecution, including Three Strikes and Domestic Violence; Race as a Factor in the Criminal Justice System; the FBI and US Attorney’s Office; and Gangs.

  “Based on the feedback received from class participants, the first Academy was a huge success,” Reisig said in a press release. “I think participants learned about the challenges of law enforcement in our diverse communities throughout Yolo County and what its public servants here accomplish.”

  One student was quoted, “This academy has changed my perspective on law enforcement and with the knowledge I have gained here I will definitely share it with others in my community.”

  Another offered, “It was great to put the faces with the departments and see what the different community challenges are.”

  The Academy will be offered again in the spring of 2013.  For more information, log on to

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