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 eight-week academy meets once a week, usually on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m., beginning in late April and running through mid June. For more information, or to enroll, please contact Wendy Wilcox at (530) 666-8356, firstname.lastname@example.org. Class space is limited. Applicants must be 18 years of age and be a resident of Yolo County. The application deadline is during the first week of April annually.
Lauren Keene from the Davis Enterprise wrote an article about our Week 4 class, "High Profile Cases - People v. Daniel Marsh", that took place on June 4th, 2015. Here is a link to her article titled: Marsh Case Illustrates Challenges of Solving, Trying Crimes.
DCTV In The Studio - The Citizen's Academy
Yolo County District Attorney’s
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
ANNUAL SPRING ACADEMY
Late April - Mid June
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
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.
Overview of Public Safety Agencies Representatives from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and Law Enforcement Agencies
The Role of the District Attorney and Challenges: “Law & Order.”
Summary: 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 and how a case makes its way through the criminal justice system. Also, you will hear about the challenges facing prosecutors today, including Realignment and Proposition 47.
Anatomy of a Case
The Role of Other Partners in the Criminal Justice System
Summary: Other players in the criminal justice system have an important role such as the judiciary and defense attorneys.
The Role of the Defense Attorney
Neighborhood Court - Restorative Justice
Summary: Yolo County District Attorney uses restorative justice practices to address low level offenders.
Summary: 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.
Race as a Factor in the Criminal Justice System to serve and Protect – Role of Law Enforcement and Internal Affairs
Summary: 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 as well as Officer Involved Shootings.
Community Focus and Gangs
Summary: 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?
Local Law Enforcement Representatives from Gang Task Force
Building Bridges and Partnerships: Community Policing, and Community Participation – “From Rhetoric to Reality – Where Do We Go from Here?”
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.
Schedule varies and is subject to change
Applicants must be 18 years of age and reside in Yolo County.
For more information, please contact:
Yolo County District Attorney’s Office
301 Second Street
Woodland, CA 95695