Officer of the Year: AG honors Berryville PD's Hicks
Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday awarded the Carroll County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Sgt. Craig Hicks of the Berryville Police Department. Rutledge presented the county winners at the annual awards and recognition luncheon during the 2019 Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit at the Benton Event Center in Benton.
“It’s my honor to recognize our law enforcement officers from around the state for their dedication to protecting Arkansans,” Rutledge said. “Every day, these brave men and women leave their families without knowing if they will safely return home. Today’s recipients have gone above and beyond for all of us and we are grateful for their dedication and sacrifice.”
Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos said he nominated Hicks for the award, noting Hicks’ work as a patrol commander and with the Tri-City Special Response Team.
“Craig has been doing a good job with the guys,” Bartos said. “He’s real calm under pressure. He’s a negotiator with the SWAT team and he’s done a good job of talking to people in a couple of situations.”
A record 672 law enforcement personnel from across the State attended the 17th annual summit and heard from experts on recent issues facing the law enforcement community, including medical marijuana and eyewitness identification.
“It is extremely important to provide opportunities that bring together law enforcement officers from across the State, to recognize these heroes and dedicated servants, while also discussing pressing issues facing their communities,” Rutledge said. “The implementation of Arkansas’ medicinal marijuana law has brought forward many questions and uncertainties for our officers, and today’s summit was a chance to provide vital resources to take back to their respective agencies.”