Police, DA offer free citizens’ academies

The New Orleans Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office each plan a citizens’ class series designed to give New Orleanians an inside look at their operations.

The NOPD Citizen’s Police Academy will run for eight Wednesdays starting Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Special Operations Division Compound, 1899 Tchoupitoulas St.

Police officers and city officials will discuss such topics as complaint calls, community policing, the Public Integrity Bureau, domestic violence, criminal investigations and the crime lab.

Participants must be at least 21 years old and a resident of the city. For information or to register call (504) 658-5590 or email sylbrown@nola.gov.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro will teach the first class — a series of discussions aimed at Orleans Parish residents interested in learning how the DA’s office and the city’s criminal justice system work — at his annual Citizens Academy Sept. 17-Nov. 5.

Session topics include homicide, rape and drug cases, juvenile crime and child support enforcement, social services, domestic violence, victim/witness services and diversion and “Here Come the Investigators!”

The class will be held in the Grand Jury Room in the District Attorney’s Building, 619 S. White St. Space is limited. Registration is open until Sept. 3.

Call Anne Zoller Kiefer at (504) 571-2937 or email akiefer@orleansda.com.