Community Relations/ Citizens Academy
“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
2019 Dates TBD in January
The 11-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 18 graduating academies with a total of more than 980 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:
- Police Ride-Along Program Application (if you live or work in the city of Sacramento), OR
- Sheriff Ride-Along Program Application (if you live or work in the county of Sacramento)
The deadline for applying is March 9, 2018. Return the completed application and Ride-Along form if applicable by mail, personal delivery, fax or email to:
Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
Attn: Anna Zepeda
901 G Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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.
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 Anna Zepeda at 916.874.5251 or Zepedaa@sacda.org.