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CJI Announces New Additions to Our Staff

We’re pleased to announce that there are a few new faces at the Criminal Justice Institute.

Our Traffic Safety Division has welcomed two new employees recently: Tara Amuimuia and April Daniel. Tara Amuimuia joined CJI in August and is the Highway Safety Office Program Manager. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Hawaii, Tara worked at the Honolulu Police Department for over ten years and the Sherwood Police Department for nearly two years.  During her tenure with the police departments, she spent a large amount of time in drug enforcement working in the Narcotics-Vice Division and was also an instructor. Her most recent position was as an Education Investigator with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Professional Licensure Board, which allowed her to work with other state agency and law enforcement departments around the state. 

Joining Tara in CJI’s Traffic Safety Division is April Daniel, who will be serving as our Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Program Specialist. April holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis and a Law Enforcement Technical Certificate from Southern Arkansas University Tech.  Prior to joining CJI, she worked at the Arkansas Department of Education as an Education Investigator and served as a patrol officer for the West Memphis Police Department. 

Bridgette McInroe has joined CJI’s Forensic Sciences and Computer Training Division as the Administrative Specialist, where she will be working directly with law enforcement personnel in our crime scene and computer training programs.  A graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice-Corrections, Bridgette most recently worked as an intern/volunteer coordinator with The Innocence Project,  which works to exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing.  She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science and the Student Academy of Forensic Science. 

Since joining us in August, Crystal Blakley has been hard at work as CJI’s VAWA Project Specialist, working with law enforcement across the Nation in successfully completing CJI’s online sexual assault courses. She holds a B.S. Degree in the Administration of Justice from Mississippi College. Most recently, she served nine years with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as a Wildlife Officer (with the rank of Corporal) and as a Biological Science Technician with the US Department of Agriculture prior to that.