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The Criminal Justice Institute is pleased to announce our new course schedule for Summer/Fall 2022.

In addition to our online classes, we’re offering more than 70 classroom-based trainings in locations across the State. Utilizing practical, hands-on application, CJI provides an educational experience designed to enhance the performance and professionalism of law enforcement.

Along with many of the traditional programs we offer each year, we will be offering the following NEW classes:

Foundations of How to Work a Digital Case
October 24-26 • Criminal Justice Institute
This course will focus on best practices in investigating and processing digital cases from start to finish. Utilizing practical exercises, officers will learn how to decipher and organize digital data, along with determining what data is most important. Sample topics include organizing cellphone ALU data by converting it into an Excel format, utilizing GPS data and properly documenting it, drafting search warrants, conducting appropriate interviews, and case presentation.

Internal Affairs for the Front-Line Supervisor
November 1-3 • Hot Springs Police Department
Law enforcement agencies are responsible for having an effective and professional process for investigating complaints made against its officers and to ensure that any misconduct by employees is dealt with appropriately. However, with over half of the law enforcement agencies in the U.S. made up of fewer than 24 officers, the duty of investigating these types of complaints is often left to the shift supervisor. 

Introduction to Sex Trafficking for Educators
ONLINE
This course will define what sex trafficking is and what trafficking looks like among students today. Topics discussed will include the signs of sex trafficking and how those working with students can better identify it. Other topics include risky Internet and app usage by students, predators and how they groom children, sexting and sextortion. This course will emphasize why it is critically important for those in law enforcement and educational environments to be aware of the problem and involved in the process.

Investigating Citizen Complaints & Officer Misconduct for Supervisors
August 16 • Fort Smith Police Department
Investigations into misconduct are different than most investigations and require a degree of transparency in order to retain the public’s confidence and trust. Agencies must practice the highest level of ethical standards when investigating complaints. Proper investigations of potential employee performance issues or misconduct will build morale within agencies and promote a healthy department image in communities.

Investigating Officer Involved Shootings
September 21-22 • Conway Police Department
This two-day training will help officers understand the investigative process to ensure they are properly equipped to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation. Participants will gain knowledge regarding how to handle and investigate one of the most important type of cases in their careers. This training is designed for experienced detectives who are assigned to investigate law enforcement involved critical incidents including officer-involved shootings, use of force incidents, and in- custody deaths.

Knock & Talk: Consensual Investigation Techniques
November 10 • Criminal Justice Institute
Knock & Talk investigations can be a very successful tool to combat illegal criminal activity when conducted properly. One of the hardest barriers of conducting knock & talk operations is gaining voluntary consent to enter a residence for a search. Officers must put themselves in a position to gain the needed access. This starts with the initial approach to the residence, knocking on the door, and the tone and demeanor presented by officers. This class will explore Supreme Court rulings that dictate proper ways officers should carry out knock & talk techniques, discuss the 4th Amendment, and view current case law to understand how to conduct knock & talk operations legally.

Law Enforcement Wellness: Suicide Prevention
December 5 • Criminal Justice Institute
This eight-hour program provides a comprehensive look at stress management and suicide prevention for law enforcement and corrections professionals. The class focuses on learning the warning signs of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide. Participants will learn how to overcome the stigma associated with seeking help, and how to develop department policies, protocols, and procedures to help officers at risk.