Nominations are open for the outstanding law enforcement officer of the year awards to be presented at the 15th annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit on Oct. 3.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge opened awards nominations May 15 on National Peace Officers Memorial Day as part of National Police Week.

Outstanding officers will be recognized at the county, regional and state levels during the summit.

Two Crawford County law enforcement officers were honored at last year’s summit.

Alma Police Chief Russell White was named the Crawford County outstanding law enforcement officer of the year by Rutledge during the annual awards and recognition luncheon.

Sgt. Daniel Perry with the Van Buren Police Department won the state’s “Top Cop” award for excellence in investigating metal thefts. The VBPD also received a $1,000 grant for new technology.

Nominations for this year’s awards will be accepted from police chiefs, county sheriffs, county judges, mayors, prosecutors and other law enforcement leaders from across Arkansas.

Registration is open for the annual summit, to be Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

A full schedule and list of speakers for the event will be announced at a later date. To nominate a law enforcement officer, visit