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Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:21 am, Wed Feb 29, 2012.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department are accepting applications for the 12th Citizens Academy course.

District Attorney Jan Scully formed the Citizens Academy in an effort to improve communication and relationships, and provide a better understanding between ethnic and cultural communities and the criminal justice system. Since the start of the academy in 2002, there have been 11 graduating classes with more than 570 participants.

In partnership with the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff's Department, Scully brought this program to the community to provide an overview of the criminal justice system (law enforcement roles, responsibilities, and challenges) and to engage citizens from all backgrounds in discussion, participation and mutual learning about issues within the criminal justice system.

Representatives from the DA's office, the judiciary, public defense, law enforcement, and community organizations answer community questions, address their concerns and demonstrate a commitment to building bridges between the criminal justice system and the various ethnic, racial and faith-based communities.

There is no cost to participants.

The 10-week course begins Tuesday, April 10. It will be held Tuesday evenings at the Sacramento Police Department headquarters, 5770 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento.

The deadline for submitting applications is March 23. For more information, visit www.sacda.org.

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