By DAPO staff

Youth throughout Sacramento County learned about the criminal justice system thanks to high school Youth Academies. Twice in March and once in April, the academies were held at various locations in the county.

The academies gave students a chance to have open communication with law enforcement and others in the criminal justice system. Many of the organizations set up tables to provide information on careers students can pursue.

Division of Adult Parole Operations parole agents along with the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Sacramento County Probation, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento Police Department and Elk Grove Police Department work collaboratively to build community partnerships and provide a positive relationship between community kids and local law enforcement and the academies are just one such example.

“We had a table set up with CDCR/DAPO career information and the 2017 Operation Boo OPEC video playing. We brought a GPS tag to display and explained how the GPS technology works to track the parolees. Throughout the night we received several positive remarks from the youth and their families. Many thanked us for the jobs we do. It was a very positive encounter for DAPO agents, the youth participants, other local agencies, and the Sacramento community,” said DAPO Capitol District Administrator Michelle Lewis.