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Missy Jenkins-Smith, a survivor of the 1997 shooting at Heath High School, to share her experience at the Arkansas Safe Schools Conference
June 26, 2015
Little Rock, AR

On December 1, 1997, a 14-year-old freshman boy who had been bullied for years walked into the Heath High School lobby in West Paducah, Kentucky, and randomly fired a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Three students were......[read more][download pdf]


CJI Receives Funds To Assist Law Enforcement In School Safety Initiatives And Child Abduction Response
April 10, 2015
Little Rock

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that the $21.5 million from the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) settlement will be distributed in accordance with Act 763 of 2013. This follows......[read more][download pdf]


The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium has been awarded $2.3 million to help better prepare the country to defend itself against continuous cyberattacks and intrusions
January 01, 2015
Little Rock, Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute, the University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), the University of Memphis’ Center for Information......[read more][download pdf]


Officers Across the State to be Honored at 14th Annual DWI and Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards
May 30, 2014
Little Rock, Arkansas

Today, more than 50 law enforcement officers from across the State will be honored at the 14th Annual DWI and Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards, an event hosted by the Criminal Justice Institute and the Arkansas State......[read more][download pdf]


$800,000 Grant from FEMA Establishes National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium
April 09, 2014
Little Rock, AR

The University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), the University......[read more][download pdf]


Law Enforcement and Educators Work Together to Safeguard Arkansas Schools
February 04, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas

Educators and law enforcement professionals from across the State will be gathering at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock on Tuesday, February 5, to participate in a program designed to better prepare them to......[read more][download pdf]


Free Online Training for School Resource Officers and School Personnel Focuses on School Safety
January 28, 2013
Little Rock, AR

For Release: Monday, January 28, 2013 Contact: Larance Johnson, SSID Administrator, 501-570-8084 or lmjohnson@cji.edu The Criminal Justice......[read more][download pdf]


Educators and Law Enforcement Come Together to Explore Safety in Arkansas Schools
July 13, 2012
Little Rock, Arkansas

More than 200 Arkansas school personnel, administrators, and schools resource officers will come together next week to explore school safety issues and share ideas and resources that can be utilized to strengthen schools......[read more][download pdf]


More Than 50 Law Enforcement Officers Across the State to be Honored at 11th Annual DWI and Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards
May 30, 2012
Little Rock, Arkansas

More than 50 law enforcement officers from across the State will be honored tomorrow at the 12th Annual DWI and Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards, an event hosted by the Criminal Justice Institute and the Arkansas......[read more][download pdf]


Law Enforcement Officers Learn Advanced Methods of Investigating Shooting Incidents
May 16, 2012
Little Rock, Arkansas

The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) is currently conducting a unique course on Shooting Scene Investigations that is teaching Arkansas law enforcement officers the fundamentals of conducting shooting scene investigations,......[read more][download pdf]


Learn to Detect Drug and Criminal Activity in Unique Criminal Interdiction Course
April 18, 2012
Benton, Arkansas

Everyday, interstates and highways in our State are utilized for drug trafficking and criminal activity, making it imperative that Arkansas law enforcement professionals receive the education and training they need to......[read more][download pdf]


Local Law Enforcement and School Personnel Work Together to Prepare Their Response to a School Crisis
April 03, 2012
Dumas, Arkansas

A course on Planning and Responding to Crisis in School will be presented at the Arkansas State Police Law Enforcement Center in Dumas on Wednesday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This training is designed to......[read more][download pdf]


Local Law Enforcement to Learn Procedures and Tactics to Enhance Officer Safety
March 07, 2012
Dardanelle, Arkansas

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. To assist Arkansas law enforcement......[read more][download pdf]


U.S. Senator Mark Pryor to Deliver Keynote Address at Graduation Ceremony for Arkansas Law Enforcement Professionals
December 09, 2011
Little Rock, Arkansas

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is arriving in Little Rock today to deliver the keynote address at the Criminal Justice Institute’s School of Law Enforcement Supervision (SLES). The ceremony will be held today,......[read more][download pdf]


Bernard Melekian, Director of National COPS Office, Will Speak to Arkansas Officers During National Police Week
May 19, 2011
Little Rock, Arkansas

Bernard K. Melekian, Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), is arriving in Little Rock on Friday to......[read more][download pdf]


Arkansas Becomes the First State in the Nation to Formalize Partnerships between State and Federal Leaders to Identify and Protect Drug Endangered Children
October 25, 2010
Little Rock, Arkansas

In an unprecedented effort, eleven state and federal leaders have entered into a collaborative partnership to identify and protect drug endangered children in the State of Arkansas. Facilitated by the Criminal Justice......[read more][download pdf]


Arkansas Students Work Together to Increase Dropout Prevention Awareness
October 01, 2010
Little Rock, Arkansas

Middle school and high school students across the State recently wrote and produced their own Public Service Announcements in a contest designed to increase dropout prevention awareness in Arkansas. The contest......[read more][download pdf]


CJI Becomes a Tobacco-Free Campus
July 07, 2010
Little Rock, Arkansas

The Criminal Justice Institute is committed to providing a safe, clean, and healthy environment for our employees and visitors. It is, therefore, CJI policy to provide a tobacco-free work environment. Effective......[read more][download pdf]


Sugg names May director of Criminal Justice Institute
June 25, 2010
Little Rock, Arkansas

 With the recommendation of the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board, University of Arkansas System President Dr. B. Alan Sugg has named Dr. Cheryl P. May director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI). The......[read more][download pdf]


Arkansas Colleges and Universities Work Together To Provide New Education Opportunities For Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers
June 16, 2009
Little Rock, Arkansas

Nineteen colleges and universities across the State are collaborating with the Criminal Justice Institute, a division of the University of Arkansas System, to provide certified Arkansas law enforcement......[read more][download pdf]