Investigator Chad Meli was named Faulkner County Officer of the Year at the 15th Annual Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit on Tuesday.
“I’m honored and was proud to represent Faulkner County at the Summit,” Meli said Wednesday.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recognized Meli along with an officer from each of the state’s 75 counties Tuesday at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.
Meli has worked as an investigator with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office for two years.
Spokesman Adam Bledsoe said Meli works hard to protect Faulkner County residents.
“Investigator Meli demonstrates what a professional, service-oriented law enforcement officer looks like on a daily basis,” he said. “The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Faulkner County are blessed to have such a talented investigator among the ranks.”
Sheriff Tim Ryals said he was thankful for the efforts put forth by Meli to serve and protect Faulkner County residents.
“The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office operates with a fantastic group of men and women who are dedicated to Faulkner County,” he said. “I am proud of Investigator Meli for being a humble public servant.”
Along with recognizing statewide and regional officers for their duties in 2017, the summit offered Arkansas law enforcement officers the opportunity to attend training sessions.
“The instructional and networking opportunities that the Law Enforcement Summit presents are invaluable,” Rutledge said.
The 2017 Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit featured Boston Transit Police Officer Dic Donohue and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill as guest speakers.
Donohue was severely injured during the April 2013 Boston Marathon tradgedy.
During a gun battle with two suspects, a bullet severed Donohue’s femoral artery and he also suffered from blood loss.
CPR performed onscene by other responding officers kept Donohue alive.
Guy Police Chief Christopher Humphrey said the summit provided his department a unique learning experience.
“By attending, you get to meet and interact with other law enforcement officers from around the state,” he said. “You also receive several hours of training from different presenters on a variety of topics that you may not have a chance to otherwise receive.”