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Rutledge recognizes Officers of the Year



Pictured Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (left) presents Sex Offender Coordinator Cari Seaton with her officer of the year certificate.

  Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge the 2020 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Luncheon at the Benton Event Center, where she announced Fayetteville Police Department's Sergeant James Jennings, Corporal Seay-Peter Floyd, and Officer Natalie Eucce as the Law Enforcement Officers of the Year.

  Following Arkansas Health Department guidelines, law enforcement from across the State attended the 18th annual awards ceremony honoring an outstanding law enforcement official from each of Arkansas's 75 counties.

  Searcy County Sex Offender Coordinator Cari Seaton was honored at the January 29 luncheon when she was named as the 2020 Searcy County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

  During the awards presentation, Seaton received a commemorative lapel pin and certificate from Rutledge. Fellow law enforcement officials and family members were present at the event in support of Seaton's accomplishments.

  Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell said 24 year old Seaton was appointed in February 2019 to serve as the county's sex offender coordinator. He stated Seaton had served the Searcy County Sheriff's Office since September of 2014 as a 911 operator, jailer/ dispatcher and detention officer. He added, "Her exemplary job performance and dedication to the department made her the perfect candidate for the position."

  Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce explained Seaton was one of the most proficient coordinators he has ever had the opportunity to work with. He said since Seaton was appointed sex offender coordinator, it has freed up a deputy, which has been a huge benefit to the entire department. "She does an outstanding job of managing her offenders and shows sympathy and respect to the victims. She is a valued member of the community and the Searcy County Sheriff's Office," he added.

   Cassell said, "Her assistance and support of the department is invaluable and her dedication and devotion to the department and the community is the reason she was selected as officer of the year."

  "Every day law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect their communities," said Attorney General Rutledge. "In Arkansas, we will always back the blue."

  During the luncheon, Rutledge also presented a VALOR tribute, which is given in honor of members of the law enforcement community who tragically lost their lives while in the line of duty this past year. This year's tribute was presented to the family of eight law enforcement officials who lost their lives.

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