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Cotton Recognizes Arkansan of the Week: Arkansas Law Enforcement

May 19, 2016
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Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353 or Dylan Haney (501) 223-9081

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) this week recognized all Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers as this week's "Arkansan of the Week," in conjunction with National Police Week.

You can find the full text of Senator Cotton's recognition on the Senate Floor below, or here. A video of Senator Cotton's remarks can be viewed here and downloaded here.

I would like to honor all Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers as this week's "Arkansans of the Week". This week marks the 54th National Police Week and on Sunday we marked National Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day set aside by President Kennedy in 1962 to honor those law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Arkansas has over 7,000 law enforcement officers who protect our state every day. These men and women willingly put themselves in harms way to ensure the safety of our residents and maintain order in our state. National Police week is also a time to remember and honor the nearly 300 Arkansans who have lost their lives in the line of duty as law enforcement officers. Their service and sacrifice is not forgotten, and Arkansas is safer because of their service.

There are many different types of law enforcement officers, but each plays an important and distinct role in our safety. There are officers like Chris Bunch of the Paragould Police Department who protects Arkansas's students as a school resource officer. And officers like Jeff Prescott and Sgt. Greg Herron, who are retiring from the Rison Police Department after 30 and 20 years of service, respectively. And Corporal Kristi Bennett, of the Texarkana Police Department, who serves as the Public Information and Education Officer. Kristi recently received the Silent Wilber Award which is given to an officer who shows leadership and works to motivate and move their community forward.

These are just a few of the long list of Arkansas law enforcement officers who serve our state, but there are more where those names came from.

I know I join all Arkansans in extending our sincere thanks and appreciation to all Arkansas law enforcement officers not only this week, but every week.

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The "Arkansan of the Week" initiative is designed to honor Arkansans who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their communities, and to the state.

Senator Cotton will honor each "Arkansan of the Week" with a speech on the Senate Floor.

If you know someone who has made an impact on their local community or Arkansas as a whole, Senator Cotton would like to recognize them! To nominate someone for "Arkansan of the Week," send an email to nominations@cotton.senate.gov with the following:

  • Name of Nominee
  • Detailed description of why they should be recognized as "Arkansan of the Week"
  • Contact Info
  • Photos if Available