The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission graduated its 39th class of Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy graduates on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The 56 participants came together for 13 consecutive weeks to learn about the criminal justice system.
Speakers from local, state and federal law enforcement were the subject matter experts. The session concluded with a tour of the jail below the courthouse, a canine demonstration, presentations by circuit court judges and an update regarding criminal justice reform.
This session included 16 ride-alongs with the West Palm Beach Police and a presentation on what to do when stopped by police.
The Criminal Justice Commission thanks sponsors the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the cities of West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Clarke Shores.
The Citizen’s Criminal Justice Academy is held three times per year, twice in West Palm Beach and once in the Glades. The next academy begins on Monday, Feb. 3 in West Palm Beach. All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Dinner is served, and community service hours are provided for those in need.
For more information about upcoming events and activities of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, visit www.pbcgov.org/criminaljustice.