Public Safety

Law Enforcement

As the chief law enforcement officer of the State, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge strives to collaborate with the State's law enforcement leaders to provide free training opportunities and resource materials, such as the Arkansas Law Enforcement Pocket Manual, to support Arkansas's law enforcement community, as well as recognize their dedicated service.

Officer of the Year Awards

Seal of the Office of the Arkansas Attorney GeneralArkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is accepting nominations from college/university, municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies for the 2018 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.

County and regional officers of the year will be honored at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit on October 2, 2018, at the Benton Event Center. The 2018 Arkansas Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year will be announced by Attorney General Rutledge at the Summit luncheon.

Nomination forms are linked here. 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. Please label the back of photographs with the nominee’s name, rank and department.

Nominations must be received no later than Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Send nominations to:
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge – Community Engagement
323 Center Street, Suite 200, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Fax: (501) 682-6704

Marion County 2017 Officer of the YearThe Sentinel-Record news story honoring officer of the year.

AR Rutledge at the 2016 Law Enforcement SummitAR Rutledge at the 2016 Law Enforcement Summit

Officer of the year awarded to Bentonville officer.See the 2016 Officers of the Year and the 2017 Officers of the Year.

Booneville County Officer of the Year
Booneville Democrat October 11, 2017

Law Enforcement Summit

Attorney General Rutledge hosts an annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit to offer free training by top-notch national presenters on current topics and technologies for Arkansas’s law enforcement community. The 2018 Law Enforcement Summit will be October 2 at the Benton Event Center.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill at the 2016 Law Enforcement SummitBoston Transit Police Officer injured in Boston Marathon attack speaking at the 2016 Law Enforcement Summit


Northwest Arkansas Law Enforcement Training

Thursday, September 6
8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville

Register today for this free law enforcement training.

Agenda includes Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Crisis Intervention, Elder Abuse, Cyber Crimes and Protection from Scams and Identity Theft. Lunch will be provided. Training will be held in the Shewmaker Center, Walmart Auditorium.

This training has been approved for 5.5 hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEST) credit and 4.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.

2016 Law Enforcement Summit

On April 11, 2017, the Attorney General's office hosted a law enforcement training at the Metroplex Event Center in Springdale.
Check our trainings page for upcoming trainings.

Law Enforcement Manual

2017 Law Enforcement Pocket Manual coverCover of the 2017 Law Enforcement Pocket ManualsThe Eighth Edition of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Pocket Manual, which provides guidance to officers confronted with fundamental legal issues, is now 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.

Criminal law is subject to frequent changes. Therefore, officers should stay current on the law.

Arkansas law enforcement may obtain copies of the 2017 Arkansas Law Enforcement Manual by completing the short online form or emailing

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