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Citizens Academy


Citizens Academy Graduates ~ What They Said...

“In reflecting on the past couple of months, as every class was enjoyable and interesting, I would have to say the tour at the Juvenile Detention Center and the Main County Jail were the highlight of the workshop.  Wow, what an eye-opener!”  - Lisa Delaney

“The Citizens Academy provided an informative, candid and revealing look at the inner workings of our law enforcement and criminal justice systems.  We learned from knowledgeable insiders and were given a unique, behind-the-scenes view of the challenges they face every day.  Every class was fascinating.” - Joe Selewicz

"As CPOA’s legislative advocate, my goal in applying for the academy was to set me on the fast track to understanding the steps in the criminal justice process....   It was a truly inspirational and informative experience that I am extremely lucky to have taken advantage of. In my ideal world, members of the Legislature and media would attend the academy before they begin their work.”  - Shaun Rundle

Dates and Location for 2017 To Be Announced - Please Check Back in January 2017

The 10-week Citizens Academy is held each spring in an effort to provide improved understanding of the criminal justice system.  Participants receive an overview of the criminal justice system including the roles and challenges of law enforcement, attorneys, and the courts.

Since the first academy in 2002, there have been 15 graduating academies with a total of more than 860 participants. The academy was created to improve communication, foster a better understanding and develop relationships between members of the criminal justice system and our citizens, including those from different ethnic, cultural and faith-based communities. Click here for course brochure and program outline.

Applications for Citizens Academy ~ CLOSED

Must be at least 18 years old to apply.  Please complete and return the following forms.

1. Citizens Academy Application (complete all 3 pages and EVERY question unless “optional” and mail or fax)

2. Ride-Along Form (Optional) - Choose ONE of the following two forms (front and back of the form).  First read the Police Orientation Form here:

The deadline for applying is March XX, 2017. Return the completed application and Ride-Along form if applicable by mail, personal delivery or fax to:

Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
Attn: Erica Sevigny
901 G Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX: 916.321.2232

Please answer every question unless specified as optional. Incomplete applications may result in a delay or rejection of your application. The deadline for submitting applications will not be waived.

Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified by mail and email (if you provide an email address) of your acceptance to the Academy. You will also receive information about your Ride-Along at that time. In the event we are unable to offer you a space at this time, we will notify you by mail.

Attendance Requirement

The Citizens Academy is an accelerated program with a full agenda for each class session. Missing more than two classes will result in a significant gap in the education process. Participants absent more than two days will not receive a graduation certificate.

For questions or more information, please contact Erica Sevigny at 916.874.5251 or sevignyer@sacda.org.

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DA´s Domestic Violence 916-874-6171
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Citrus Heights Police 916-727-5500
Elk Grove Police 916-714-5115
Folsom Police 916-355-7234
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