BY MELANIE BUCK –
Elena Cannon, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Investigator for the 18th West Judicial Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Polk County’s own super hero, was recently honored by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge as the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award. Cannon works in both Polk and Montgomery counties as part of the 18th West Judicial Office.
“It is an honor to recognize the outstanding law enforcement officers we have across Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These men and women show constant bravery by putting their lives on the line each and every day and going the extra mile, many times without the thanks they rightfully deserve. Our communities would not be as safe without the bravery of those who proudly wear blue.”
In addition to the statewide and regional Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards, Rutledge recognized one law enforcement officer from each county as an Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer. These awards recognize college or university, municipal, county, federal or state law enforcement officers who go the extra mile. Nominations were accepted from police chiefs, county sheriffs, county judges, mayors, prosecutors and other state law enforcement leaders from across Arkansas.
Rutledge awarded the Polk County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Officer Will Strain with Arkansas State Police. Rutledge announced the recognition at the annual awards and recognition luncheon at the 2016 Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit at Camp Robinson.
Cannon was awarded the 2015 Cooper Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center Superhero Award at a Child Abuse Awareness Rally held on the steps of the Polk County Courthouse in April 2016.