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Law Enforcement

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge strives to support the State's law enforcement leaders by providing free training opportunities and resource materials and recognize their dedicated service.

Law Enforcement Summit and Officer of the Year Awards

The 2020 for law enforcement training was October 6 and focused. Officers Michelle Hill and Henry Moore with the Little Rock Police Department presented on officer mental health.

Former police officer and licensed psychologist/author Dr. Stephanie Conn presented on how first responders can take proactive and responsive steps to adaptively respond to chronic stress and trauma. The session included discussion on risk and protective factors that influence wellbeing to assist first responders in understanding their experiences with trauma and stress and how to mitigate their impact, along with a plain-language discussion of the neurobiology of trauma.

This training was approved for six hours of CLEST and CLE.

The 2020 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year will be announced at a luncheon in early 2021.

Attorney General Rutledge announced Washington County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Brett Thompson as 2019 Officer of the Year at the Law Enforcement Summit attended by a record 672 law enforcement personnel who heard from experts on issues including medical marijuana and eyewitness identification.

Regional Officers of the Year recognized during the luncheon included: St. Charles Police Chief Jamie Forbes, Guy Police Department Senior Corporal Steven Rayburn, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission K-9 Handler Corporal Gary Stell, and Arkansas State Police Corporal Robert Stewart.

A VALOR tribute was presented to the family of Stone County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Michael Stephen.

Law Enforcement Manual

The Ninth Edition of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Pocket Manual, which provides guidance to officers confronted with fundamental legal issues, is available to Arkansas officers.

The statutes and rules included are derived from current versions of the Arkansas Code Annotated and the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure. Additional information is based on current judicial interpretations of statutes and rules.

Arkansas law enforcement may obtain copies of the 2019 Arkansas Law Enforcement Manual by completing the short online form or emailing

Check our trainings page for upcoming law enforcement trainings.
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