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Rutledge Announces 2018 Officers of the Year

BENTON – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today awarded the Polk County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards to Patrolman Paul Arceneaux and Patrolman Mike Wolf with the Mena Police Department. Rutledge presented the county winners at the annual awards and recognition luncheon during the 2018 Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit at the Benton Event Center.

“Honoring law enforcement officers from across our great state is humbling and a great honor,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Our brave men and women in blue sacrifice so much for their communities, going above and beyond to keep their neighbors safe from harm. With 2018 being a record year for nominations, I would like to congratulate and thank some of the best law enforcement officers in the nation.”

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 winner. Recipients recognized are college or university, municipal, county, federal or State law enforcement officers who have gone the extra mile. The Attorney General accepted nominations from police chiefs, county sheriffs, county judges, mayors, prosecutors and other State law enforcement leaders from across Arkansas.

Photos of the officers with Rutledge will be available from the Attorney General’s press office after Oct. 10 and can be obtained by contacting Jessica Ray at

About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. She is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office. Since taking office, she has begun a Mobile Office program, a Military and Veterans Initiative, a Metal Theft Prevention program and a Cooperative Disability Investigations program. She has led efforts to teach internet safety, combat domestic violence and make the office the top law firm for Arkansans. Rutledge serves as Chairwoman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and Chairwoman of the National Association of Attorneys General Southern Region. She also re-established and co-chairs the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Agriculture.

A native of Batesville, she is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Rutledge clerked for the Arkansas Court of Appeals, was Deputy Counsel for Gov. Mike Huckabee, served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and subsequently was an Attorney at the Department of Human Services before serving as Counsel at the Republican National Committee. Rutledge and her husband, Boyce, have one daughter. The family has a home in Pulaski County and a farm in Crittenden County.


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