Arkansas State Trooper 1st Class Chris Davenport is Greene County’s Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge presented the award to Davenport, along with awardees from each of the state’s counties recently at the 2020 Officer of the Year luncheon 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 in presenting the awards. “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.”
Recipients of the awards were selected based on recommendations for their dedicated service to Arkansans. Nominees can hold law enforcement positions at a college or university, municipal, county, state or federal level. Nominations came to the Attorney General’s office from police chiefs, county sheriffs, county judges, mayors, prosecutors and other state law enforcement leaders from across Arkansas.
At the same time, Rutledge presented awards to the statewide and regional Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers. The 2020 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year recipients were Sgt. James Jennings, Cpl. Seay-Peter Floyd, and Officer Natalie Eucce of the Fayetteville Police Department. The trio were recognized for a Dec. 7, 2019 incident in which they responded to the shooting of a fellow officer without warning in the police department parking lot. Although the officer later succumbed to his injuries, the three used sound tactics to gain a position of advantage over the suspect. When he advanced on them while armed, they fired. He died at the scene after being hit several times.
The Outstanding Officer of the year for the Northeast Region (containing Greene County) was Searcy Police Officer Burnis “BJ” Rouse.