Recently Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge hosted the 2019 Law Enforcement Summit. She awarded an officer from each of Arkansas’ 75 counties with an Office of the Year award. The Nevada County award went to Prescott Police Chief Joey Bevers and the Hempstead County award went to Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife Officer Corporal Jeff Neal.
Chief Beavers is a Prescott Native graduating from Prescott High School. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a Military Police officer with the United States Army. He then began his Civilian Police career in 1992 working with the Ft. Smith Police Department. Since that time, He has served as a Patrol Agent with the United States Border Patrol and served for nearly twelve years as a Special Agent with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigations Division. In 2011 he became Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Prescott Police Department. In March of 2017, he was appointed as Chief Of Police for Prescott. He is married, they have two children and one grandson.
Officer Neal started his career with the Hope Police Department in 1990. He attended the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 1991. While serving at the Hope Police Department, he moved up the ranks as Corporal, Patrol Sergeant and with the Criminal Investigations Division as Detective .In 2000 Neal left the Hope Police Department to become a Wildlife Officer with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. He has since been promoted to the rank of Corporal. Officer Neal is married, has 6 children and 6 Grandchildren.
The overall 2019 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for the State of Arkansas recipient was Corporal Brett Thompson from Washington County
Attorney General Rutledge released a statement: “It’s my honor to recognized our law enforcement officer from around the state for their dedication to protect Arkansans,” ”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.”