BELLE GLADE — The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) recently graduated its 35th class of Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy participants. The 32 attendees who completed the program in the Glades were of various ages and backgrounds. They came together for five consecutive weeks to learn about the criminal justice system. Speakers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies served as subject matter experts. The sessions focused on issues relevant to the Glades such as violent crime, gangs and domestic violence. Discussions also included crime prevention and re-entry for youth. An added feature was a three-hour discussion that afforded participants an opportunity to speak with professionals representing all aspects of the criminal justice system and the Safety and Justice Challenge funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Other topics included cybercrime, and participants took a tour of the jail. Information on what to do when stopped by law enforcement was also provided. The Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy provides information for those who want to learn more about their participation in keeping communities safe. The sessions inspired one attendee to join the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Explorers program.
This was the third consecutive year that the academy was conducted in the Glades. The CJC would like to thank citizen leaders and program sponsors, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Healthier Glades, for their participation.
The Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy is held three times a year, twice in West Palm Beach and once in the Glades. The 36th academy will begin on Monday, Sept. 24. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the City of West Palm Beach Police Department, 600 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach, and other locations. All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Dinner is served, and community service hours can be provided. To register, visit www.pbcgov.org/criminaljustice. For more information about upcoming events and activities of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, view www.pbcgov.org/criminaljustice. The CJC strives to lead in bringing innovation to the criminal justice system in an efficient, effective and timely manner.