Law Enforcement Learns About New Laws

Arkansas Tech University and the Office of the Fifth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney welcomed approximately 50 local law enforcement representatives to Lake Point Conference Center for a professional development luncheon on Wednesday, April 19.

The gathering focused on laws passed by the 91st General Assembly of Arkansas during its 2017 regular session. Leadership personnel from a variety of law enforcement agencies in Franklin, Johnson, Pope and Yell counties were in attendance.

Thomas Pennington and David Gibbons have co-hosted a similar gathering for local law enforcement after each regular session of the Arkansas legislature since 1999.

Pennington is associate vice president, counsel to the president and professor of legal studies at Arkansas Tech. Gibbons is prosecuting attorney for the Fifth Judicial District of Arkansas.

“This is the first exposure that our local law enforcement community receives to new laws,” said Gibbons. “We had supervisors and investigators with us today, and they’ll be able to share this information with the officers on the road. This is a great event. We truly do appreciate this partnership.”