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Lawmakers around the state looking to make changes to law enforcement training



Little Rock, Arkansas – Legislators from all throughout the state are working to prevent tragedies like the killing of Jonesboro police officer Vincent Parks.

Hazing at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy would be prohibited under House Bill 1159, which has been proposed in Little Rock.

After Officer Parks’ death this summer, the Arkansas State Police cited hazing in their investigation, and Senator Dan Sullivan declared that such an incident could never happen again.

“That’s what we are elected for is to address concerns in our respective districts and this does hit close to home,” Sullivan said. “I wanted to be involved and I’m thankful that Representative Cavanaugh let me be the senate sponsor.”

Sullivan acknowledged that there is still work to be done on the bill but expressed excitement about the chance to provide training in a safe environment for police and their families.

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