Criminal Justice Academy Begins On Jan. 12

The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) will host its 26th annual Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy next month. The 11-week program begins on Monday, Jan. 12 and runs 11 consecutive Mondays with the exception of several federal holidays. It ends on April 13.

The evening program begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The free program is open to residents living in Palm Beach County who wish to learn more about the criminal justice system.

The CJC is proud to announce a greater collaboration with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and his staff are committed to educating citizens and providing them with knowledge to be informed individuals. The improved curriculum includes learning about cybercrime and homeland security, and going inside a police car. There will be demonstrations and opportunities to see high-tech equipment.

Participants can expect to learn about local law enforcement, including the Sheriff’s Special Operations and a tour of the Main Detention Center, the courthouse, and the Medical Examiner’s Office. Most of the program consists of classroom-style lectures with interactive presentations, and there is always plenty of time for questions. Lectures will be provided by local, state and federal law enforcement professionals.

The first month of classes will be held at the West Palm Beach Police Department (600 Banyan Street, West Palm Beach) in the first floor Community Room. Classes will be at different locations but will remain in the greater West Palm Beach area.

Due to space limitations, the class is limited to the first 50 enrollees. For anyone curious about the criminal justice system, this program offers a valuable opportunity to ask questions and learn from experts. Visit to register. Registration closes on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. Call (561) 355-4943 for information regarding registration or classes.