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    Rutledge Announces Law Enforcement Training in NWA


    August 3, 2018

    Regional training Sept. 6 in Bentonville

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a training opportunity for law enforcement officers in northwest Arkansas on September 6. This is the second year Attorney General Rutledge is offering the training event to supplement the annual Law Enforcement Summit. This year’s event, which will be held at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, will once again provide free training and educational opportunities for the law enforcement community.

    “The annual Law Enforcement Summit remains one of the most popular trainings offered by the Attorney General’s Office,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But these trainings, which take place outside of central Arkansas, are important to reach more law enforcement officers. As Arkansas’s chief law enforcement officer, it is important to me to provide continued training to officers around the State.”

    This marks the second time the training has been offered in northwest Arkansas, allowing local officers easier access to the training.

    In March, Rutledge offered training in northeast Arkansas.

    Attendees will receive training to combat the opioid epidemic in Arkansas from the Drug Enforcement Administration Little Rock District Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Justin King and Drug Enforcement Administration Little Rock District Office Diversion Group Supervisor Irvin Reaves and DHS State Targeted Response (STR) Opioid Recovery Coordinator Jimmy McGill. Kim Arnold with the Arkansas Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will also provide training on crisis intervention.

    Attorney General office attorneys will also be presenting in their area of expertise; Nurse Investigator Vicki Jones and Special Agents Dane Pedersen and Michael Thatch will discuss elder abuse, Deputy Attorney General Chuck Harder will discuss protecting Arkansans from scams and identity theft and Deputy Attorney General Will Jones will discuss cyber crime investigations.

    Registration is now open for the September 6 event, which begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. The Attorney General’s office has applied for 4.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit and has been approved for 5.5 hours of Law Enforcement Standards credit.

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