Advocates Complete 34th Annual Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy

Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy attendees celebrate their graduation.

The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) recently graduated its 34th class of Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy attendees. Participants from a range of ages and backgrounds came together for 13 consecutive weeks to learn about the criminal justice system. They met each Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Speakers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies served as subject matter experts. The 42 attendees from local communities all graduated.

The sessions included 16 ride-alongs with local West Palm Beach Police Department officers, and concluded with one new internship, six new volunteers, one recruit for the police academy and one new job placement with local law enforcement. The law enforcement system affects us all, either directly or indirectly. The Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy provides information for those who want to learn more about their participation in keeping our communities safe.

The CJC thanks the citizen leaders for their participation, as well as the dedicated sponsorships from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the City of West Palm Beach.

The Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy is held three times a year, twice in West Palm Beach and once in the Glades.

The current academy began Monday, June 4 in the Glades at the Belle Glade Civic Center. The next academy in West Palm Beach begins Monday, Sept. 24.

Learn more at