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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

Does your department recognize an officer monthly? Have you had an officer recognized this year by a civic group? Please consider nominating them for the 2020 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers of the Year Awards. There is no nomination limit by agency and letters from other award nominations will be accepted.

Attorney General Rutledge is accepting nominations from college/university, municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies for the 2020 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers of the Year Awards. The selection process will be based on qualified candidates who have performed admirably in the line of duty within the past 18 months.

One winner will be selected from each of the state’s 75 counties. Five regional winners will then be selected from county winners. The overall state officer of the year will be selected from among the regional winners.

County and regional winners will be selected by regional judging panels comprised of city, county and state criminal justice professionals. Each regional panel will consider nominees from a different region.

The 2020 Arkansas Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, along with county and regional Officers of the Year, will be announced by Attorney General Rutledge at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit luncheon October 6 at the Benton Event Center.

Nominations must include a letter sharing details of the nominee’s job performance. Letters should be limited to no more than two pages. Copies of background material, media clippings and a photograph may be attached. Label the back of photographs with the nominee’s name, rank and department.

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, August 18
Send nominations to:
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge – Public Affairs Division
323 Center Street, Suite 200, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201, fax: (501) 682-6704

Attorney General Rutledge announced Washington County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Brett Thompson as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at the 2019 Law Enforcement Summit October 1. A record 672 law enforcement personnel from across the State attended the 17th annual summit and heard from experts on recent issues facing the law enforcement community, 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.

Rutledge also presented a VALOR tribute 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

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