Each year, on the last day of the Arkansas Safe Schools Conference, the Criminal Justice Institute and the Arkansas Safe Schools Association present three Safe Schools Leadership Awards to recognize and give honor to those who have had a positive impact on their school and have demonstrated support for a safe and positive learning environment in their schools.
 
Chief Todd Henry of the Quitman Police Department was the recipient of the 2017 Safe Schools Leadership Award for Chiefs and Sheriffs. This award is presented in recognition of a Chief or Sheriff in the State of Arkansas who has made a specific, significant contribution to their School Resource Officer (SRO) Program.
 
The Criminal Justice Institute’s Safe Schools Program provides education, training, resources, and technical assistance to Arkansas educators and law enforcement professionals to assist them in providing our kids with a safe environment to reach their academic potential. The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) is a campus of the University of Arkansas System that is committed to making communities safer. Utilizing both classroom-based instruction and practical, hands-on application, CJI provides an educational experience designed to enhance performance and professionalism. CJI’s comprehensive catalog of basic and specialty school safety training courses are available to both Arkansas law enforcement and Arkansas school personnel, including administrators, teachers, staff, counselors, and school security officers.