Citizens Justice Academy To Begin Oct. 17

Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) is about to start its 30th annual Citizens Justice Academy. The 10-week program begins on Monday, Oct. 17, and runs 10 consecutive Mondays, ending on Dec. 19. The sessions run from 6 to 9 p.m.

The program is open to all county residents who wish to learn more about the criminal justice system. The program is free. Lectures will be provided by local, state and federal law enforcement professionals.

This year, the CJC will have 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 members of the community. The expanded line-up will include cybercrime, homeland security, the interior of a police car and more. There will be demonstrations and opportunities to see high-tech equipment first hand.

Participants will learn about local law enforcement, including PBSO Special Operations. Tours will be given of the Main Detention Center, the Medical Examiner’s Office and a courthouse. Most of the program is classroom-style lectures with interactive presentations and opportunities for questions and answers.

The first month of classes will be held at the West Palm Beach Police Department at 600 Banyan Street in the first floor community room. Subsequent classes will be in other locations in the greater West Palm Beach area.

This program is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners as a service to residents.

Registration closes on Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. To register, visit Because of space limitations, only 50 people will be able to enroll. Call (561) 355-4943 for more info.