SAN DIEGO–The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office will hold its popular Citizens Academy starting in early September on the University of San Diego campus. The seven-week Citizens Academy is a free course in partnership with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department that demystifies the criminal justice system and the workings of the District Attorney’s Office for the general public and business and community leaders.
“This is an amazing opportunity for people to meet prosecutors in the DA’s Office and get an inside look at what we do,” said DA Bonnie Dumanis.
A diverse group of speakers from the DA’s Office, Sheriff’s Department and the judiciary will discuss topics ranging from homicide to prosecuting insurance fraud cases. Prosecutors and deputies will cover topics including crime scene investigations, the Computer and Technology Crime High-Tech Response Team or “CATCH,” auto insurance fraud, workers’ compensation fraud and officer-involved shootings. The course also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the County’s Medical Examiner’s facility.
Praise from those who attended previous Citizens Academies has been strong. As one academy graduate wrote, “Real…law enforcement is traditionally an arcane, obscure and sometimes frightening institution; it rarely has its curtain lifted or its interior workings broadly disclosed. If you can afford the time, don’t mind a background check and have an interest in community affairs, by all means apply to be included in this course.”
The Citizens Academy begins Thursday September 12 and runs Thursday evenings through October 17. The last class will be on October 23. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the University of San Diego campus. Space is limited. Members of the public wishing to attend the academy should contact the District Attorney’s Office at (619) 515-8959 to make a reservation by August 16. The required application is available at www.sdcda.org/office/citizensacademy.