|AG Schmidt accepts the award from Ed Pavey, Director, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. |
WICHITA – (October 22, 2015) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt was named “Criminal Justice Professional of the Year” by the Wichita Crime Commission yesterday in Wichita.
The Wichita Crime Commission honors and recognizes the outstanding work by greater Wichita area law enforcement professionals at its annual dinner and awards banquet. Schmidt is the third Kansas attorney general to be named Criminal Justice Professional of the Year. Former attorneys general Robert T. Stephan and Carla Stovall have also previously received the award.
“Kansas law enforcement works hard every day to make our state a safe place to live,” Schmidt said. “I am honored to be recognized by this group of dedicated citizens who support the vital work of public safety. Contributing to public safety throughout our state is a top priority for our office, and this recognition reflects the hard work and professionalism of the men and women who work in the Kansas attorney general’s office.”
Schmidt was recognized for his work to bring a new Kansas Bureau of Investigation forensic science lab to the Washburn University campus, to combat gang activity and human trafficking in Kansas, to assist the Legislature in repairing the ‘Hard 50’ law in 2013, and to defend Kansas murder sentences before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Schmidt has served as Kansas Attorney General since 2011. Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served 10 years as a Kansas State Senator representing the 15th district in Southeast Kansas. During his last six years in the Senate, he served as majority leader. He currently serves as vice-chair of the anti-human trafficking committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and was elected vice president of the national organization earlier this year.