Public Safety

Law Enforcement Manual

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is pleased to provide the Seventh Edition of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer’s Pocket Manual.

This manual does not purport to answer all of the questions that arise in the course of police work. It will, however, provide guidance to officers confronted with fundamental legal issues.

The statutes and rules contained herein are derived from current versions of the Arkansas Code Annotated and the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure. Additional statements made are based upon 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 personnel may obtain additional copies of the 2015 Arkansas Law Enforcement Manual by emailing

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