As the chief law enforcement officer of the State, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge strives to collaborate with the State's law enforcement leaders to provide free training opportunities and resource materials, such as the Arkansas Law Enforcement Pocket Manual, to support Arkansas's law enforcement community.
Law Enforcement Summit
Attorney General Rutledge hosts an annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit to offer free training by top-notch national presenters on current topics and technologies for Arkansas’s law enforcement community.
Officer of the Year Awards
Attorney General Rutledge recognizes the contributions of law enforcement from around the State at the annual Law Enforcement Summit.
In 2016, Rutledge expanded the statewide and regional Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards to recognize one law enforcement officer from each of the State's 75 counties. These awards recognize college or university, municipal, county, State and federal law enforcement officers who go above and beyond in the line of duty. See the 2016 Officers of the Year list here.
Nominations for the 2017 awards are currently being accepted from police chiefs, county sheriffs, county judges, mayors, prosecutors and other State law enforcement leaders from across Arkansas.
One winner will be selected from each of the state's 75 counties. Five regional winners will then be selected from county winners. The overall state officer of the year will be selected from among the regional winners.
County and regional winners will be selected by regional judging panels comprised of city, county and state criminal justice proessionals. Each regional panel will consider nominees from a different region.
For questions about the Summit or awards, call (501) 682-2007.
Law Enforcement Manual
The Seventh Edition of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Pocket Manual, which provides guidance to officers confronted with fundamental legal issues, is available to Arkansas officers.
The statutes and rules included are derived from current versions of the Arkansas Code Annotated and the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure. Additional information is based on current judicial interpretations of statutes and rules.
Criminal law is subject to frequent changes. Therefore, officers should stay current on the law.
Laura’s Card is a resource card for law enforcement agencies, service providers and victims that includes victims' rights, crisis lines, contacts for shelters and law enforcement and other information.