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Arkansas Agency Memberships

Only Available to Arkansas Law Enforcement

The Criminal Justice Institute provides critical education, training, and services to Arkansas law enforcement executives and their officers in progressive areas of public safety, including crime scene investigation, computer proficiency, traffic safety, illicit drug investigations, school safety, and professional development. Each program is designed to provide officers with needed hands-on experience and practical knowledge. In addition, many of these programs provide skills and knowledge that can be used immediately and assist officers in providing exemplary services to their communities. 

In addition to classes held throughout the state, we offer access to a growing number of online classes that allow officers to meet their education and training goals without leaving their agency.

Memberships are available to allow all of your officers or deputies, as well as civilian and corrections personnel, to have UNLIMITED access to CJI's face-to-face and online programs for a calendar year. 

What are the membership rates?
2019 membership rates are for unlimited attendance for anyone in your agency and includes sworn, non-sworn, jailers, administrative staff, etc. The rates are based off a three-year average class attendance for your agency. Free classes are not included in this average. At the end of the fiscal year, the total number of attendances at membership classes will be used to determine a new three-year average.

$6,250:  Averages over 200 attendances per year
$5,000:  Averages about 200 attendances per year
$3,750:  Averages about 150 attendances per year
$2,500:  Averages about 100 attendances per year
$1,250:  Averages about 50 attendances per year
$625:     Averages about 25 attendances per year
$250:     Averages about 10 attendances per year
$125:     Averages about 5 attendances per year

Who can participate in the CJI membership program?
Agency and individual memberships are only available to Arkansas law enforcement agencies and personnel.

Will the membership cover sworn and non-sworn employees?
With a membership, agencies can send any of their personnel to a CJI class that is appropriate within the scope of their employment, including sworn officers, non-sworn personnel, jailers, civilians, etc. If the attendee is not a sworn officer, they will need to provide current proof of employment with the law enforcement agency.

Will any CJI classes be available at no cost?
We will continue to offer some of our grant-funded classes at no cost. Please visit Free Classes for a listing of classes that are offered at no cost.

What if I need to cancel?
We request a 2-week notice if you need to cancel your attendance in a class. However, we will allow for emergency cancellations.

If you are unable to attend a course for which you have registered, please contact the Institute as soon as possible at (501) 570-8000 or In many instances, courses offered by the Criminal Justice Institute fill to capacity. When this happens, officers who are not admitted to the course are placed on a waiting list to be notified if vacancies become available. By contacting the Institute in advance when you are unable to attend a course, CJI staff can ensure that those on the waiting list are given the opportunity to participate.

If I have to cancel attendance in an individual class, can I receive a refund?
If you meet the cancellation requirements noted above, your membership rate will not be impacted. Likewise, if you paid as an individual, a credit will be extended towards another class taken during the calendar year. However, officers who do not cancel will not be issued a credit.

Will "no shows" impact our membership rate?
Yes. Officers who do not cancel prior to the first day of class will have their attendance for that class included in the agency's overall total for the year.

"No shows" impact CJI, CJI's staff, and officers throughout the State. In addition to the staff time it requires to register an officer in a class, "no shows" can result in classes being delivered with a lower attendance than anticipated - classes that could have been filled with officers on the waiting list.

What time period will a membership cover?
Memberships will cover a calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Memberships will need to be renewed on an annual basis.

Will our agency receive a renewal notification when the membership expires?
Yes. Each fall, the Criminal Justice Institute will send agencies an updated invoice reflecting a membership rate based on their average attendance over the past three-year period.

When should an agency pay its annual membership rate?
Upon receipt of the updated invoice, a membership can be paid at any time prior to the end of January.

What are the payment options?
Payments can be made by check. Checks should be mailed to:
Criminal Justice Institute
Attn: Amber Jackson
26 Corporate Hill Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

Credit Card payments are also accepted. Please contact Amber Jackson at 501-570-8024 or for payment instructions.

Can an agency change its membership?
Once the membership rate is paid, CJI will not be able to issue refunds for class slots that are not used in the course of the year. 

Are individual memberships available to officers whose departments do not subscribe?
Yes. An individual officer can elect to pay for each class individually at a rate of $25 per class or can purchase an individual membership for $125, which provides the individual unlimited access to CJI classes for the calendar year. See Individual Memberships for more information.

Will scholarships be available?
For agencies who cannot afford a membership, scholarship opportunities will be available. Scholarships are only available to agencies. More information about scholarships can be found on the scholarships page.