Citizen’s Academy

The Yolo County District Attorney Citizens Academy is sponsored by the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, the Davis Police Department, the UC Davis Police Department, the West Sacramento Police Department, the Winters Police Department, the Woodland Police Department, and the Yolo County Probation Department.

The Citizen’s Academy is an eight-week course designed to involve diverse communities in participating in mutual learning about the criminal justice system. The goal is to educate the public and improve relationships and communication between the many different communities in Yolo County and the criminal justice system.

The Academy will meet every Thursday for eight weeks, from April 24, 2014, to June 12, 2014, 6:00-8:30 p.m. For more information, or to enroll, please contact Wendy Wilcox at (530) 666-8356, wendy.wilcox@yolocounty.org. Class space is limited. Applicants must be 18 years of age and be a resident of Yolo County. Application deadline is April 3, 2014.

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Yolo County District Attorney’s
Citizens Academy

Summary of Classes
in partnership with

Yolo County Sheriff’s Office
California Highway Patrol
Davis Police Department
UC Davis Police Department
Woodland Police Department
West Sacramento Police Department
Winters Police Department
Yolo County Probation Department

SPRING 2014 ACADEMY
April 24 - June 12

Week One:
4/24/14

Welcome:  Introduction to the Citizens Academy.  “It Takes a Community….” What can a concerned citizen do to make our community a better place to live?Summary:  Welcome to Citizens Academy with an overview of the next eight weeks and the participating agencies.

Speakers:
Introduction and Overview of the Academy, Mission & Welcoming Remarks
District Attorney Jeff Reisig

Welcoming Remarks
Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto
Yolo County Probation Department Chief Brent Cardall
California Highway Patrol Captain Andy Menard
Davis Police Department Chief Landy Black
UC Davis Police Department Chief Matt Carmichael
Winters Police Department Chief Sergio Gutierrez
West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald
Woodland Police Department Chief Dan Bellini

Overview of Public Safety Agencies
Representatives from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement Agencies

Pizza will be served during this class session.

Week Two:
5/1/14
The Role of the District Attorney and Challenges:  “Law & Order.” Special Challenges of Prosecution --- Three Strikes; Special Circumstances; 10/20/Life; Domestic Violence, Juvenile CasesSummary:  While prime time television shows such as “Law & Order” capture ratings and audiences, they fail to show the day-to-day work of the District Attorney.  We will provide an overview of the District Attorney’s Office and its Mission: Justice Finds No Solace in Delay.  Learn about the various units in the office, filing decisions, case resolutions and challenges facing prosecutors today.  What are some of the unique challenges faced by the District Attorney’s Office?  How are Three Strikes cases decided?  How do we handle Domestic Violence cases?  What are the challenges in addressing juvenile crime?

Speakers:
Overview of the DA’s Office
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven
Anatomy of a Case and Special Challenges
Asst. Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Mount/Mike Cabral
Brady v. Maryland – Assistant Chief Deputy DA Mike Cabral
Intake, Filings, and Case Resolutions
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Garrett Hamilton

Week Three:
5/8/14
The Role of Other Partners in the Criminal Justice SystemSummary:  Other players in the criminal justice system have an important role such as the judiciary and defense attorneys.  Also learn about the Grand Jury.

Speakers:
The Judiciary
Presiding Judge Steven M. Basha - invited
The Grand Jury
Grand Juror Representative
Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Cabral
The Role of the Defense Attorney
Steven C. Sabbadini, Defense Attorney - invited

Week Four:
5/15/14
Tour of Yolo County Jail; AB 109 - RealignmentSummary:  This class will take place at the Monroe Detention Center.  Tour the Yolo County Jail and learn how it is operated.  Also, learn about the impact of "Realignment" where defendants are being diverted from state prisons to county jails.

Speaker:
Asst. Chief Deputy DA Steve Mount

Week Five:
5/22/14
Victim ServicesSummary:  What are the rights of victims?  Learn about Marsy’s Law.  We will talk about these issues and the services we offer victims.  You will also hear from victims and survivors.

Speaker:
District Attorney Victim Services Program Manager Laura Valdes
Victims and Survivors

Week Six:
5/29/14
Race as a Factor in the Criminal Justice System
To serve and Protect – Role of Law Enforcement and Internal AffairsSummary:  The issue of race continues to be raised on complex issues such as racial profiling.  Learn about law enforcement training on racial profiling and efforts to open lines of communication between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  The commission addressing racial profiling, a study on patrol stops and relevance of race in Prosecuting cases will be discussed.  Also, learn about Internal Affairs and the Law Enforcement Review process for citizen complaints.

Speakers:
District Attorney’s Office
Chief Deputy DA Jonathan Raven

Overview of Internal Affairs
DPD Assistant Chief Darren Pytel
WPD Lt. Derrek Kaff

Week Seven:
6/5/14
Community Focus and GangsSummary: There is much more to the criminal justice system than the high profile cases we see on television or read about in the newspaper.  Learn about a special unit which focuses on street gangs.  What constitutes a gang?  Who are the members?  What does it mean to be a “gang” member?  What can communities do to help prevent this problem and combat it?

Speakers:
Yolo County District Attorney’s Office
Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens
Chief Investigator Rob Strange

Local Law Enforcement Representatives from Gang Task Force
WPD Sgt. Heath Parsons

Week Eight:
6/12/14
Building Bridges and Partnerships:  Community Policing, and Community Participation – “From Rhetoric to Reality – Where do We Go from Here?”Graduation

Summary:  Reflections on the first seven weeks and a look forward to continue the dialogue.  Closing remarks on community involvement and participation to achieve long-term public safety solutions and strategies.  Graduation reception and ceremony.

Speakers:
Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig
Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto
Yolo County Probation Department Chief Brent Cardall
California Highway Patrol Captain Andy Menard
Davis Police Department Chief Landy Black
UC Davis Police Department Chief Matt Carmichael
Winters Police Department Chief Sergio Gutierrez
West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald
Woodland Police Department Chief Dan Bellini

Pizza will be served during this class session.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and reside in Yolo County.
For more information, please contact:
Wendy Wilcox
Yolo County District Attorney’s Office
301 Second Street
Woodland, CA 95695
(530) 666-8356
Wendy.Wilcox@yolocounty.org

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2014 Citizen's Academy Graduates

2014 Citizens Academy Graduates

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2013 Citizen Academy Graduates

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