Becoming the Arkansas Traffic Law Expert
March 17, 2023
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Arkansas State Police Troop L Headquarters
1120 W Monroe Ave.
Lowell, AR 72745
Without proper instruction, Arkansas Motor Vehicle Law can appear complicated and overwhelming. Officers are often shortchanged, and experience difficulty knowing what laws coincide with the applicable offense. Many police officers struggle with knowledge beyond the few suggested offenses on the front of a ticket book. Knowing motor vehicle law is crucial in order to be an effective and proactive police officer. Many of our greatest apprehensions begin on the foundational principles of motor vehicle law. “Becoming the Arkansas Traffic Law Expert” is meant to enhance every Arkansas police officer’s knowledge of motor vehicle law, while also providing an extreme gain in confidence. Mistakes and embarrassments occur when police officers lack the education to know what they should be doing. This course is designed to provide clarification in relation to questions and myths on what officers can and cannot do. The course entails unique and little known laws that many officers are unaware of. Additionally, it will provide a comprehensive understanding of how to utilize the correct laws in all settings. This is to include, but not limited to, traffic enforcement, pre-textual enforcement, investigations and patrol functions. In terms of suppression, the first thing defense will argue is the motor vehicle violation and its proper application. This course is critical in order to ensure officers cases and stops are built on a solid foundation, rather than a guessing game. Street Cop Training does not simply check the boxes, we give a career changing experience.
Corporal Sayer Smith is a police officer with the Bentonville Police Department. Since the beginning of his career, he has developed a passion for proactive police work and the enforcement of impaired driving. Sayer is a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and is an instructor for the SFST and DRE programs. Sayer is an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, and teaches a variety of topics. Sayer serves as a Field Training Officer and is assigned to the SWAT team. Sayer has received numerous law enforcement awards and was named the 2020 Officer of the Year for the Bentonville Police Department. In his capacity as a DRE, Sayer has been recognized as an Expert Witness in court in the areas of drug impairment and drug-impaired driving. Sayer has also been commended by several prosecutors and judges on his testimony in court proceedings.