Rutledge Hosts Office’s First-Ever NWA Law Enforcement Training
April 11, 2017
SPRINGDALE – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted, for the first time in the history of the office, a law enforcement training event in northwest Arkansas. The free training and educational opportunity for the law enforcement community, including police, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel was attended by over 175 and held in Springdale. Rutledge announced last month that the training was being offered outside of central Arkansas after the overwhelming success of the annual Law Enforcement Summit, allowing for northwest Arkansas officers to have easier access to the training.
Today’s participants heard from Dr. Olivia Johnson who presented a first responder and wellness training that explored issues such as, suicide prevention, stress, anger management and officer post-traumatic stress disorder. Attendees also heard from Lt. Brian Murphy, of Wisconsin, who was a speaker at the 2015 Law Enforcement Summit. Murphy 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.
“The collaboration and training members of the law enforcement community in northwest Arkansas received today is invaluable to their work to keep Arkansans safe,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Each one faces unbelievable challenges and obstacles every day, and I am grateful to Dr. Johnson and Lt. Murphy for sharing their experiences and expertise. With over 175 in attendance, it is clear that the level of interest in these opportunities for cutting-edge training continues to grow, and I will continue to look for ways to make these educational events available outside of Little Rock.”
“Training is the foundation for officer safety,” said Lt. Murphy. “I'm honored to be asked to present to such a large group of officers. I hope my story helps to inspire officers to build their resiliency preparing them not only for their professional life but their private lives as well.”
“It is the investment in law enforcement officers nationwide, through training like this that will undoubtedly save lives, families and careers,” said Dr. Johnson. “The message relayed to officers – their mental health and wellness matter. We will never know the true impact of this training, but everyone benefits when we help protect the protectors.”