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Rutledge Expands Law Enforcement Training to NWA


March 9, 2017

Regional Training April 11 in Springdale

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a critical expansion of top-flight training opportunities for law enforcement officers in northwest Arkansas on April 11. The event, which will be held at the Metroplex Event Center in Springdale, is the result of the overwhelming recent success of the annual Law Enforcement Summit and will offer free training and educational opportunities for the law enforcement community.

“The huge growth in demand because of the dynamic speakers over the last two years of the annual Law Enforcement Summit shows the level of interest in opportunities for cutting edge training for our men and women who wear the badge,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “While the annual Law Enforcement Summit is an enormous success, as the chief law enforcement officer, I am committed to making it easier for our dedicated officers across the State to access the best trainings without having to incur the cost of traveling all the way to Little Rock.”

This marks the first time the training has been offered outside of central Arkansas, allowing for northwest Arkansas officers to have easier access to the training.

Attendees will receive a first responder and wellness training by Dr. Olivia Johnson. This will explore issues dealing with first responder wellness, suicide prevention, stress, anger management and officer post-traumatic stress disorder. Johnson is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former police officer. She serves on the National P.O.L.I.C.E Suicide Foundation Board, collaborates on several law enforcement publications and is the Peer Support columnist for PoliceOne.

Lt. Brian Murphy is returning to Arkansas as part of the NWA training. Lt. Murphy spoke at the 2015 Law Enforcement Summit. He was the first officer on the scene of the Sikh Temple Tragedy on Aug. 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Forty-year-old Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others, along with shooting Murphy 15 times at close range. Murphy was awarded the Medal of Valor in 2015.

Registration is now open for the April 11 event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. The office has applied for six hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Standards and Training credit.

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