Focus on School Safety
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced the 20th Annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit, which will be held on October 4 at the Benton Event Center. The annual event is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, including prosecutors and criminal justice personnel. The summit is also open to teachers, counselors and educators as the event will focus on collaboration between law enforcement and school administrators in an effort to ensure school safety across Arkansas.
“This year’s Law Enforcement Summit will address concerns that have arisen in school safety,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I encourage officers and educators to register for this free training so they can learn ways to better protect students throughout Arkansas.”
The summit attendees will hear from Max Schachter, a national school safety advocate. Schachter is the Founder and Executive Director of Safe Schools for Alex. Schachter’s youngest son, Alex, was one of the 17 victims of the Parkland School shooting. He has received numerous honors for his advocacy such as the Citizen Volunteer Service Award by former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr.
Rutledge will also welcome Miss Arkansas Ebony Mitchell who will discuss her partnership with the Attorney General’s Office to educate Arkansas’s children about being safe online. In partnering with the Attorney General, Ebony has dispersed over 2,500 of the Attorney General’s Internet Safety booklets to schools across the State.
Dr. Amy Klinger of the Educators School Safety Network will also give a presentation. Dr. Klinger combines a knowledge of law enforcement procedures with the practical experience of educational administration. She delivers trainings and lectures to audiences on school safety and crisis management. Dr. Klinger’s expertise in active shooter response, crisis management, vulnerability assessment and mitigation, as well as lockdown enhancements is derived from her work in developing training courses for the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.