BELLE GLADE — Members of the public are invited to attend the third annual Glades Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy. Sessions will take place on five consecutive Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25 and July 2, at the Belle Glade Library/Civic Center, located at 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade.
The classes are free, and dinner will be served. Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome, and up to 15 hours of community service credit can be earned.
The purpose of the Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy is to provide fundamental information to citizens of Palm Beach County regarding the criminal justice system and how decisions are made. Participants will see demonstrations, meet with decision makers and tour the jail.
It is a valuable opportunity to learn about procedures, meet experts, ask questions and see facilities in person.
The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, Sheriff’s Office and Office of Community Revitalization sponsor the academy.
The first two years of the academy have been overwhelmingly successful, with more than 40 participants graduating. Applications are required.
For more information and to apply, visit the Criminal Justice Commission website (under Programs), www.pbcgov.org/criminaljustice, call 561-355-4943, fax at 561-355-4941 or email at RMurray@pbcgov.org.
“This five-week course is designed with the citizens of the western communities in mind,” said Rosalind Murray, senior criminal justice analyst with the CJC.
“It is comprehensive and covers all aspects of criminal justice.
It will include a tour of the jail as well. In addition, participants will hear from the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; the federal agencies will sponsor a night; and juvenile justice with an emphasis on school safety will be prominently discussed.”
There is no limit on the number of participants, and students are welcome. Registration will close on Friday, June 1, at 5 pm.