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District Attorney Opens Application Period For Spring Community Academy

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From the Office of the District Attorney:

Martinez, California – Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton is pleased to announce applications are now open for the Spring 2024 Community Academy.

The free, 10-week course will be held at the District Attorney’s Office in downtown Martinez from 6:00-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday starting February 21, 2024.

District Attorney Becton said: “When we started the Community Academy in 2019, the goal was to create a curriculum based on openness and transparency. The learning experience we designed does that by giving community members the chance to hear not only from me, but also the Public Defender, Superior Court, line prosecutors, and Police Chiefs. This year, we’re excited that college students – who will receive college credit – will be among the mix of Community Academy participants. This unique educational experience benefits all participants by fostering stronger community relations about important public agencies.”

District Attorneys play an important role in the criminal justice system. Not only are they in charge of prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the People of California, but they also manage an office of deputy district attorneys, investigators, victim witness advocates, law clerks, administrative assistants, and case prep analysts. Moreover, prosecutors review police investigations, make charging decisions, prepare for trial, and negotiate settlements. This is all
part of the District Attorney’s role in enforcing the laws crafted by the legislative branch and
implemented by the executive branch of the state government.

Participants in the academy will learn about these, and other aspects, of the District Attorney’s Office. They will also get the opportunity to meet with a Superior Court judge as part of a court tour, visit the Martinez Detention Facility, and understand how the District Attorney’s Office has
various community outreach programs for victims, children, and parents.

The Community Academy is open to residents 18 and older who live or work in Contra Costa County. To apply and learn more, go to contracostada.org by January 26th.

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