The Arkansas Center for School Safety is pleased to announce our new course schedule for Winter/Spring 2023.

Through a partnership between the Criminal Justice Institute and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, a comprehensive catalog of basic and specialty school safety training courses are available to both law enforcement and school personnel, including administrators, teachers, staff, counselors, and school security officers. The ACSS utilizes both classroom-based instruction and practical, hands-on application in a variety of topics that increase knowledge and skills related to school safety issues.

A sampling of topic areas include professional development for school resource officers, safety and crisis planning, active shooter response, drugs on campus, gang awareness and intervention, and bullying awareness and prevention.


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

High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug & Concealment Trends
Coming in June! / Criminal Justice Institute

This unique course will provide attendees with over 70 visual aids and cover topics such as alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcopops, and drug paraphernalia. The course will also examine various alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers. Other topics will include drug-related music and groups, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, social networking sites, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, marijuana concentrates, E-cigarettes, and popular party drugs, including opioids, Adderall, and ecstasy.

Juvenile Gang Awareness for Schools
April 20 / Criminal Justice Institute

This course provides a basis of knowledge and understanding of the psychology of juvenile gang members, the effects of trauma on the adolescent mind, as well as the need for outreach and services for gang involved youth. Attendees will learn the motivation for individuals joining a gang and current trends used in the recruitment and furtherance of juvenile gang criminal activities by means of social media platforms.


There are no registration fees for ACSS classes, which allows educators to earn professional development hours at no cost to them or their school.

Check out our course schedule to see all of the training opportunities available to you! You can also sign up for training updates.

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