LITTLE ROCK —Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Monday her office is seeking nominations for the Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards to be presented at the 15th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit this fall.


In addition to bestowing statewide and regional awards, Rutledge said her office will recognize one law enforcement officer from each county as Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer.


The awards recognize state, county, municipal and college law enforcement who “go the extra mile,” Rutledge said in a news release. Nominations will be accepted from police chiefs, county sheriffs, county judges, mayors, prosecutors and other law enforcement leaders across the state.


“On this Peace Officers Memorial Day, I am honored to call for nominations for our outstanding officers and to recognize them for their dedication to our communities,” Rutledge said in the release. “Sitting at the funeral of Lt. Kevin Mainhart of Yell County, I thought of the dangers our police officers face each day to protect and serve family, friends and strangers alike. May God bless all of our officers in Arkansas and across the country.”


Mainhart, 46, was shot and killed Thursday during a traffic stop in Yell County. James Arthur Bowden, 42, has been arrested in his slaying and the shooting deaths of two other people.


Peace Officers Memorial Day is a national day of recognition for men and women of law enforcement who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. This also is National Police Week.


The Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit will be Oct. 3 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Nominations can be submitted at arkansasag.gov.