Friday, May 27, 2016

Knox DA unveils 'citizens academy'

The Knox County District Attorney General's Office will create a "citizens academy."

DA Charme Allen called it "the first of its kind in the State of Tennessee."

According to a news release, the six-week course gives folks an opportunity to learn more about the office and what it is like to represent the State and argue a criminal case as a prosecutor.

Participants will engage with prosecutors discussing a range of topics, including the role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system, the opiate epidemic, gang prosecution, human trafficking, and other emerging trends.

Additionally, participants get the chance to take on the role of DA while prosecuting a mock case in the court system.

“During my time in office, I have focused on educating the public about how prosecutors work to protect the citizens of Knox County,” Allen said in a statement. “The Citizens Academy will further the goal of education in an interactive and informative way.”

The program will be held Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. from Sept. 6 through Oct. 11 at the City County Building.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Knox County, and undergo
a background check, including a criminal history check.

Applications can be found at Completed applications may be emailed to, faxed to 865-215-4253.

The deadline to submit an application is July 31.

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