Eric Wacaster is the Deputy Director of Standards for CLEST.
Mr. Wacaster began his career in law enforcement with the Hot Springs Police Department in 2005. He served in several capacities including Patrol Officer, Detective, Special Operations Officer, Special Operations Sergeant, SWAT Officer, SWAT Commander, Training Coordinator, and Training Sergeant. Mr. Wacaster has over 3,000 hours of law enforcement training and has taught over 1,400 hours as a law enforcement instructor. He holds a Senior Law Enforcement Certificate and is a certified professional law enforcement instructor in multiple subject areas including ALERRT Active Shooter, Firearms and Tactics, Operational Planning, Use of Force, Constitutional Law, Search and Seizure, Less Lethal, Leadership, and Defensive Tactics. Mr. Wacaster retired from Hot Springs Police Department in 2020.
Mr. Wacaster began his legal career as a Deputy Prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District East in Garland County, where he prosecuted a variety of criminal offenses in Garland County District and Circuit Courts, before joining DPS as General Counsel for the Arkansas Department of Public Safety’s Division on Law Enforcement Standards and Training in 2023.