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Adams County DA’s office to host citizens’ academy Sept. 17

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MetroWest staff

How does a homicide case unfold from the time a crime is committed to the time a defendant is put on trial? How do forensic experts analyze a crime scene? How is an officer-involved shooting investigated? How does the real work that prosecutors and investigators do differ from what is portrayed on television and movies?

These are the kinds of questions that will be explored at the Citizens Academy held by the District Attorney’s Office for Adams and Broomfield Counties this fall. This is the seventh academy offered free to the public and applications are now being accepted.

A press statement said participants will interact with veteran prosecutors and representatives from other law enforcement agencies and gain an inside look into how the criminal justice system works.

The academy will be Thursdays (Sept. 17 to Nov. 5) from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1000 Judicial Center Drive in Brighton. Applications are due by Aug. 30.

“Our Citizens Academy has been a real hit with the public since we offered it seven years ago, and we’re looking forward to another great program,” said District Attorney Dave Young in a press statement. “This is a great opportunity for us to connect with the community and for people to learn about the work that we do and how the criminal justice system really works. Our prosecutors have decades of experience, and we want to share that experience so that people have a better understanding of the inner workings of the criminal justice system.”

The free, eight-week program will examine how a murder case is investigated and prosecuted, crime scene investigation, constitutional rights, the coroner’s office, arson investigations, victim-witness services, and the impact of drug trafficking and the opioid crisis on the 17th Judicial District.

This year’s academy will include a session on the Wal-Mart shooting and the impact on victims. A session on officer-involved shootings includes a presentation by an officer who was shot in a confrontation. The academy concludes with a mock trial on a Make My Day case with students serving as jurors.

For more information, contact public information officer Sue Lindsay at 303-835-5639 or slindsay@da17.state.co.us. Applications are available online at www.adamsbroomfieldda.org.