Focus on medical marijuana and eyewitness identification
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the agenda for the 17th Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit, which will be held on Oct. 1 at the Benton Event Center in Benton. The annual event is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, including officers, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel.
“This year’s Law Enforcement Summit will address concerns that have arisen in the wake of the legalization of medical marijuana as well as ensuring proper eyewitness identification in criminal cases,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I encourage all officers to register so they can learn from these insightful presenters.”
The summit will hear from Norwood, Massachusetts, Police Chief William Brooks III discussing eyewitness identification. According to studies, it is estimated that approximately 70 percent of people who are wrongfully convicted in our nation are convicted based on erroneous eyewitness identification. He presents nationally on behalf of the Innocence Project and was the 2012 recipient of the Innocence Network’s Champion of Justice Award.
The afternoon will include a presentation from David Blake, Chris Halsor and Cory Amend from Colorado. They will address the many challenges with legal marijuana for law enforcement including issues involving possession, cultivation, distribution, transportation and driving under the influence.
During a noon luncheon, Rutledge will recognize one outstanding law enforcement officer from each county in addition to regional and statewide award winners.
Rutledge will also welcome Lauren Wagner, who will speak on Online Investigations: Tools, Tips, and Tricks. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.
Assistant Attorney General Jill Irwin will present on Monsters Behind the Machines, which will look into some of the cases that have been investigated by the Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Division.
Registration is open and available at ArkansasAG.gov.