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    Rutledge Hosts NEA Law Enforcement Training


    April 9, 2018

    More than 100 officers attend

    POCAHONTAS – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted, for the first time in the history of the office, a law enforcement training event in northeast Arkansas. The free training and educational opportunity for the law enforcement community, including police, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel was attended by over 100 officers and held in Pocahontas.

    “Today’s event in Pocahontas provided an important experience for law enforcement officers in northeast Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The men and women of Arkansas’s law enforcement community work each day to overcome obstacles and keep Arkansans safe. I look forward to expanding these types of training opportunities and events outside of Little Rock.”

    Today’s participants heard from Drug Enforcement Administration Little Rock District Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Justin King, Exodus Project Recovery Coordinator Jimmy McGill, Kim Arnold with the Arkansas Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dianne Skaggs with the Mental Health Council of Arkansas and Rickey Phillips with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. And from the Attorney General’s office, participants heard from Deputy Attorney General Will Jones, Senior Assistant Attorneys General Shawn Johnson and Holly Johnson, Nurse Investigator Vicki Jones and Special Agents Dane Pedersen and Michael Thatch.

    Last year, Rutledge announced a new initiative to offer training outside of central Arkansas after the overwhelming success of the annual Law Enforcement Summit. Last year’s training was held in northwest Arkansas allowing officers to have easier access to the training.

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