Criminal Justice Institute

Established: 1988

At a Glance

The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) provides educational programs and services designed to enhance the performance and professionalism of the Arkansas law enforcement community. CJI delivers advanced education and training in progressive areas of criminal justice, including law enforcement leadership and management, forensic sciences, computer applications, traffic safety, illicit drug investigations and school safety.

Points of Pride

  • Each year, CJI delivers more than 200 classes in at least 40 different locations statewide benefiting more than 5,000 law enforcement professionals.
  • Twenty-two colleges and universities across the State are collaborating with CJI to provide Arkansas law enforcement with practitioner-oriented certificates and associate degree programs in two areas of study: Crime Scene Investigation and Law Enforcement Administration. Courses provided by CJI are free of charge, allowing officers to complete these programs at a fraction of the normal cost. 
  • CJI continues to expand the availability of online programs. The implementation of distance-learning strategies is eliminating many of the barriers officers face in obtaining advanced education and training by allowing officers to complete courses at their own pace and within their community.