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Texarkana, Ark., Police Department Capt. James Atchely and Lt. Scott Megason have graduated from the Arkansas Leader Program.

Arkansas Leader is the premier program of the University of Arkansas System's Criminal Justice
Institute.

Participation in the Arkansas Leader program is by invitation only, according to a news release. It is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Institute and the FBI.

The program is designed for chiefs, sheriffs, and other upper-level leaders within a law enforcement agency and takes a multi-faceted, dynamic approach to leadership training, according to a news release.

Recognizing the need to enhance executive education and training for Arkansas law enforcement executives, Arkansas Leader was designed to equip professionals with the skills they need to accomplish the goals and aims of their law enforcement agencies and communities. This program emphasizes the challenges of leadership, advancement of the law enforcement profession, development of the individual and agency, and enhancing community relationships and quality of life.

The CJI is a campus of the University of Arkansas System that serves a unique population of non-traditional students—certified law enforcement professionals who are actively employed within our State's police departments and sheriff's offices. The Institute is committed to making communities safer by supporting law enforcement professionals through training, education, resources and collaborative partnerships.

Utilizing both classroom-based instruction and practical, hands-on application, CJI provides an educational experience designed to enhance the performance and professionalism of law enforcement in progressive areas of criminal justice, including law enforcement leadership and management,crime scene investigation, computer applications, traffic safety, drug investigations and school
safety.

—From a News Release

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