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.

2017 Law Enforcement Pocket Manual coverLaw Enforcement Manual

Cover 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

Officer of the Year Awards

Seal of the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General

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

Attorney General Rutledge recognizes the contributions of law enforcement from around the State at the annual Law Enforcement Summit.

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

In 2016, Rutledge expanded the statewide and regional Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards to recognize one law enforcement officer from each of the State's 75 counties. These awards recognize college or university, municipal, county, State and federal law enforcement officers who go above and beyond in the line of duty.

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

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


2016 Law Enforcement Summit

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