Glades Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy A Success

On June 30, 21 participants graduated from the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission’s first-ever Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy in the Glades area. The graduates represented the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay. Each attended four, three-hour evening classes on consecutive Thursdays at the Belle Glade Civic Center.

The fourth and final class featured a tour of the ultra-modern West County Detention Center, as well as a demonstration by a PBSO bomb-sniffing dog, and a presentation on crime prevention.

The CJC has been offering its Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy in West Palm Beach for many years, but this was the first one in the Glades, and it was a great success. Participants were fully engaged, and the CJC has the commitment of its partners to offer a 10-week Glades academy in 2017.

The success of the Glades Criminal Justice Academy was made possible through the work of partners, such as the Office of Community Revitalization, the Palm Beach County Library System and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information regarding future Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academies, contact Rosalind Murray at (561) 355-4943 or