The Criminal Justice Institute is pleased to announce our new course schedule for Summer/Fall 2024.

In addition to our online classes, we’re offering more than 90 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:

Advanced Biological Collection Techniques
August 5 • Criminal Justice Institute
This training will explore how to best collect and preserve biological evidence for forensic testing. Discussion will include the utilization of chemical field-testing and an alternate light source to help best identify scene samples to be collected for further testing at a laboratory along with biohazard considerations and contamination prevention of the evidence.

Building a Youth Mentoring Program in Schools
August 15 • Dawson Education Service Cooperative (Arkadelphia)

This comprehensive course is tailored for SROs who are dedicated to implementing impactful mentoring programs within school environments. It covers a range of essential topics, including building positive relationships with students, understanding youth development, effective communication strategies, navigating challenging situations, and creating a safe and supportive mentoring environment. 

Social Media and Extremism Investigations
August 21 • Criminal Justice Institute

Officers will learn the subtle indicators of an extremist or hate group presence in their jurisdictions, and the best course of action to move forward. Such topics as home-grown violent extremists (HGVE), racially motivated violent extremists (RMVE), and anti-government anti-authority violent extremists (AAGAVE) will be covered in depth, and understand how social media platforms and messaging services, like Telegram, play a crucial role in investigations into these actors.

Teens and Tech: Promoting Positive Use While Preventing Abuse
September 11 • Criminal Justice Institute
This training is designed for youth professionals and related personnel who desire a comprehensive understanding of (and action plan to deal with) cyberbullying, sexting, and other forms of unwise social media use.

Human Exploitation Investigations
October 29 • Criminal Justice Institute

Officers will be introduced to the various manners in which humans are exploited. Particular attention will be given to sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and child sexual exploitation (sextortion, sexting, production/possession/distribution of child sexual abuse material). This course will include instruction on how to appropriately identify, report and/or investigate the above-described offenses.

Complex Case Development & Expansion
November 15 • Criminal Justice Institute

This 8-hour class will demonstrate how narcotic investigations focusing on successful dismantling of drug trafficking organizations and the seizure of their illegally obtained assets are developed.  An emphasis on conspiracy and money laundering will allow students to develop complex cases resulting in a tremendous local impact in their areas.

A Supervisor’s Guide to Building Community Relations
November 19 • White County Sheriff’s Office

This course will help officers communicate more effectively with citizens, ensure compliance with federal & state laws, prepare for hostile encounters, and continue to engage in proactive policing without jeopardizing their safety. Proven strategies to improve police and community relations will be presented.

Effective Leadership Communication
November 21 • Criminal Justice Institute

This two-day workshop will reference John Maxwell’s best-selling book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. During this course, officers will learn how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases leadership effectiveness.

Project Management for Law Enforcement Supervisors:
A Detailed Guide to Navigating Tasks, Special Assignments, and Units
December 3 • Saline County Sheriff’s Office
This course provides an overview of the project management lifecycle and the role of a project manager, situated in the context of law enforcement. Participants will specifically learn the elements of a project, including articulation of project goals, project scoping, and risk analysis. Approaches for identifying and engaging others in your department, monitoring project progress, and effectively managing a team throughout a project are also covered. As a culmination of the course, students create a full project plan.