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Three from West Sac complete Citizens Academy
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Three from West Sac complete Citizens Academy

The Yolo County Law Enforcement Citizens Academy graduated its latest class on June 13 in Woodland, said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press release. Those graduating from West Sacramento were Charles Kelley, Iris Newton and Jane Teete.

The eight week course is 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, Reisig said.
“The goal is to achieve improved relationships and communication between diverse communities and the criminal justice system,” he explained.

The District Attorney’s Office sponsored the Academy in partnership with the Yolo County Sheriff's Department, the Probation Department, Police Departments from Davis, UCD, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland, and the California Highway Patrol.

Weekly sessions included:

• The Role of the District Attorney
• The Role of Law Enforcement, including Internal Affairs and Review Boards
• The Role of Other Partners in the Criminal Justice System, including
the Judiciary, the Grand Jury and the Defense Attorney
• Special Challenges of Prosecution, including Three Strikes, Domestic
Violence and realignment
• Race as a Factor in the Criminal Justice System
• The Multi Cultural Community Council, founded by Reisig
• Community Focus and Gangs.

Reisig said, “I think participants learned about the challenges faced by law enforcement in our diverse communities throughout Yolo County and what our public servants here accomplish. But they also found that
law enforcement relies on its citizens in order to keep their neighborhoods and cities safe."

Davis resident Carlos Matos said, “It was a wonderful experience. It covered all facets of the criminal justice system in Yolo County and it gave an opportunity for participants to meet and talk to all players involved in the system including police chiefs, the sheriff, the judiciary, the defense attorney and the DA."

Woodland resident Jim Zuniga added, “The victims panel was an awesome presentation. It showed real life people, with real life experiences, that left me thinking a lot about the victims of crime.”

Woodland business owner Nancy Edwards said, “I am so much more aware of the what is going on in my neighborhood and community,” and Edwards said, “I had no idea of all the volunteer programs available in law
enforcement! I will be a volunteer!”

The Academy will be offered again in the spring of 2014. For more information, go to http://www.yoloda.org.

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