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About Us

The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) was established to meet the unfulfilled advanced educational needs of Arkansas law enforcement. Designing practical programs and curricula, CJI quickly became an acknowledged source of premier continued education and professional development for law enforcement agencies.


In 1993, the Arkansas General Assembly designated CJI as the coordinator of all supervisory, managerial, and executive education for Arkansas law enforcement agencies. Legislation in 1997 established CJI as a separate educational division of the University of Arkansas System and directed the Institute to also provide forensic and computer education and training for Arkansas law enforcement personnel. 

Today, the Criminal Justice Institute continues to provide unparalleled support to the Arkansas law enforcement community by offering:

  • Quality law enforcement education and training free of charge and at accessible locations
  • Specialized programs designed to enhance the job performance of law enforcement personnel
  • Opportunities to complete professional certifications and associate degrees in Crime Scene Investigation and Law Enforcement Administration
  • Educational resources to assist in law enforcement research and professional development
  • Access, training, and technical assistance in new law enforcement technologies
  • Free publications designed to keep law enforcement personnel aware of the latest news, management trends, and legal decisions in the Arkansas criminal justice community