Residents interested in learning more about the criminal justice system now have a chance.

The Pima County Attorney's Office plans to hold a citizens academy.

Here's the news release from the county attorney:

The Pima County Attorney’s Office once again offers its highly acclaimed Citizens Prosecution Academy to the public from January 15, 2014 through March 5, 2014. This program is free and applications are now being accepted online.

The Citizens Prosecution Academy is a popular course that demystifies the criminal justice system and the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

The Academy introduces citizens to the inner workings of the County Attorney’s Office, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system. The course offers opportunities for visits to the crime laboratory, the adult jail, the juvenile detention center, and the state prison.

A diverse group of speakers from the County Attorney’s Office and the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab will discuss topics ranging from cold case homicides, the “CSI Effect,” to prosecuting sexually violent predators. Prosecutors will also cover topics such as narcotics, gangs, ballistics/firearms, witness protection, internet crimes against children, sex crimes and stalking, and domestic violence.

Classes are free and open to the public and will be held once a week, beginning January 15, 2014, on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers Office located at 601 North La Cañada Drive, Green Valley, AZ 85614. The program lasts eight weeks and participants receive a certificate upon completion.

Please sign up right away – the program is free, but space is limited. An application is required and can be completed online at Deadline to apply is December 6, 2013.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or On Twitter @pm929.