Rutledge to Welcome San Bernardino’s Lt. Brad Toms as Law Enforcement Summit Keynote
September 6, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the slate of speakers for the 14th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit, which will be Oct. 4 and 5. The event, to be held at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, including police, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel.
The keynote speaker will be Lt. Brad Toms of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department who has been one of the central decision makers at the center of two major incidents that captured the world’s attention. Toms will discuss lessons learned from the 2013 spate of violence against the California law enforcement community perpetrated by disgruntled former Los Angeles Police Officer Christopher Dorner and the subsequent manhunt. He will also discuss how those lessons were applied in 2015 when responding to a mass shooting terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernadino, where 14 people were killed and 22 seriously injured.
Toms began his career as a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1989 and has worked corrections, patrol, detective bureau, homicide, narcotics and SWAT. As lieutenant, he is second in command at Big Bear Station and most recently served as the lieutenant/commander of the Public Affairs Division. As commander, Toms was responsible for the management of all aspects of the division including media relations, community liaison, labor/industrial relations, honor guard detail, operation clean SWEEP, crime-free multi-housing, juvenile intervention program and special projects for the Office of the Sheriff. Toms’ address will occur at 8 a.m. on Oct. 5.
“This year’s Law Enforcement Summit will feature fantastic instructional and networking opportunities,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am especially excited to welcome Lt. Toms to Arkansas to share his experience from last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, as well as the numerous other speakers who will help our officers. This is an important event, and I encourage all members of law enforcement to register.”
Oct. 4 will include breakout sessions on metal theft and cyber crime investigations taught by agents with the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division. Day one will also offer sessions on the Arkansas Naloxone Access Act of 2015, investigating domestic violence cases and an autism safety and awareness training.
In addition to the keynote address, the second day will feature instruction from other nationally renowned presenters and include a panel discussion on the challenges facing those in leadership positions within the law enforcement community.
Following Toms’ remarks, attendees will hear from Cpl. Chris Heid and Patrick Winn about human trafficking investigations. Heid is with the Maryland State Police and assigned to the Child Recovery Unit, which investigates missing children and human trafficking, primarily as it relates to juveniles.
Winn is a special agent assigned to the FBI’s Baltimore, Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force, which investigates missing children, child pornography and human trafficking. He investigates cases involving juveniles forced into prostitution and works closely with task force officers around the state to pursue state and federal charges of those responsible for trafficking.
After the luncheon, Lt. James Henning of the Denver Police Department will speak about the challenges his department and the State of Colorado faced with the legalization of recreational cannabis.
For the first time, Rutledge will moderate a law enforcement leadership panel, which will conclude the summit. Panelists include Matthew Barden, Drug Enforcement Administration assistant special agent in charge, Little Rock District Office; Col. Bill Bryant, Arkansas State Police director; Jeff Crow, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission director; and Diane Upchurch, FBI special agent in charge, Little Rock Division.
In July, Rutledge announced an expansion of the awards portion of the summit to include recognizing one law enforcement officer from each county as an Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer in addition to the statewide and regional awards. Winners will be announced at the luncheon on Oct. 5.
Last year, Rutledge expanded the summit for the first time in the event’s history to two days.
Registration for the Law Enforcement Summit is open and can be accessed at ArkansasAG.gov.