The Criminal Justice Institute is currently accepting applications for the Narcotics Officer Certificate Program (NOCP). The NOCP was created to offer Arkansas law enforcement agencies the opportunity to provide specialized training to their narcotics officers, providing participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills they need to conduct basic narcotics investigations.


NOCP consists of five, three-day courses delivered once a month. Participants are required to attend all five components and pass all examinations to successfully complete the program. To participate in the program, an application letter must be submitted to Dr. Cheryl May from the applicant’s Chief of Police, Sheriff, Department Head or Director.


The program will be held at the Fort Smith Police Department Training Center. 

Session XX dates are:

Week 1 – April 13-15, 2021

Week 2 – May 11-13, 2021

Week 3 – June 15-17, 2021

Week 4 – July 13-15, 2021

Week 5 – August 10-12, 2021


Core program topics include:
– Arkansas Drug Laws
– Drug Identification and Classification
– Methamphetamine
– Managing Informants and Cooperative Witnesses
– Search and Seizure
– Investigative Techniques
– Undercover Investigations
– Pharmaceutical Diversion
– Evidence Collection
– Report Writing
– Surveillance
– Resources
– Intelligence
– Criminal Defenses
– Courtroom Testimony

Learn more about the program online! For more information, contact Matt Modrak at 501-570-8060.