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Rutledge Announces Speakers for Expanded Law Enforcement Summit


August 21, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the slate of speakers for the 13th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit, which will be Oct. 6 and 7. The event, to be held at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, was established to offer free training and educational opportunities for Arkansas’s law enforcement community.

“The men and women who make up Arkansas’s law enforcement community are dedicated public servants,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is a privilege for me to be able to host them at a Law Enforcement Summit, which will allow for collaboration, instruction and networking among our officers to help them better serve their communities. I am also excited to welcome several top-notch presenters to our State for this important event. I encourage all members of law enforcement to register, and I look forward to welcoming them to the Summit.”

Rutledge announced in late July that the Summit will be, for the first time in the event’s history, expanded to two days.

Tuesday, Oct. 6 will highlight the Attorney General’s law enforcement initiatives to include metal theft prevention and cybercrimes forensics. Additional presentations will include a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events instructor training and a session on law enforcement’s role in domestic violence.

The second day will feature nationally renowned presenters as well as the annual awards and recognition luncheon, which Rutledge will host.

Day two of the Summit will begin with Wichita Police Department Detective Tim Relph. Detective Relph was a lead investigator in the task force that arrested Dennis Rader, the man better known as the BTK killer, the serial killer who murdered 10 people in and around Wichita between 1974 and 1991. Relph will chronicle the timeline of events, tracking BTK’s history over three decades and will expound on the methods used to ultimately arrest Rader.

The day will continue with Capt. Ron Johnson, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Capt. Johnson was selected by Gov. Jay Nixon to coordinate law enforcement agencies amid the Ferguson Police response to protests following Michael Brown's death in 2014. After Johnson was appointed, highway patrol officers — wearing no SWAT gear — arrived in Ferguson less than a week after the shooting that prompted rioting. Cheers greeted Johnson when he told the crowd that he and his officers were "going to march with you."

The Summit will conclude with Lt. Brian Murphy, of the Oak Creek Police Department in Wisconsin. Lt. Murphy was the first officer on the scene on Aug. 5, 2012, after Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others at a Sikh temple. Page shot Murphy 15 times at close range. Remarkably, Murphy was discharged from the hospital less than three weeks later and eventually returned to full duty. He recently retired and was awarded the Medal of Valor by Vice President Joe Biden in February.

Registration for the Law Enforcement Summit is open and can be accessed at ArkansasAG.gov.

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