National Sheriffs' Association
|Focus||Professional development, congressional advocacy|
|Method||Annual conferences, Sheriff magazine, Deputy magazine, media attention, technical assistance, trainings and seminars|
The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) is a U.S. trade association. Its stated purpose is to raise the level of professionalism among U.S. sheriffs, their deputies and others in the fields of criminal justice and public safety. Since its founding in 1940, NSA has been the advocacy organization for the nation's sheriffs in Washington, D.C. Its Government Affairs Division, in conjunction with the Congressional Affairs Committee, develops the Association's policy positions and represents the Association before the United States Congress, the White House, and the various federal agencies.
A sheriff generally serves as the highest, usually elected, law enforcement officer of a county. Over 99% of the nation's sheriffs are elected. The political election of a person to serve as a law enforcement leader is an almost uniquely American tradition. The practice has been followed in the British Channel Island of Jersey since at least the 16th Century.
The NSA provides resources, technical assistance, opportunities for professional development, information, congressional advocacy, to criminal justice practitioners. Its annual conferences provide networking opportunities, discussion, review and formation of the Association's national policy positions on critical criminal justice and homeland security issues, and training and seminars for the Nation's sheriffs and sheriff deputies. Chartered in 1940, the NSA represents over 3,000 elected sheriffs nationwide and has a membership of over 22,000. Its headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Articles of Incorporation for NSA were filed on September 26, 1940, with the Ohio Secretary of State.
The National Sheriffs' Association badge has heraldic significance. According to their website, the shield denotes defense, protection, and faith. The fasces denotes authority. The olive wreath denotes peace. The circle surrounding the emblem denotes eternity. The five points of the star denote friendship, guidance, honesty, integrity, and merit.
- Neighborhood Watch is a program to have citizens work with law enforcement to deter crime.
- National Sheriffs' Institute (NSI) trains new sheriffs.
Its Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer is Jonathan Thompson, former Assistant Secretary at FEMA. The Deputy Executive Director and COO is John Thompson, retired police chief. The 2018 - 19 President of the Association is Sheriff John Layton of Indiana.
- Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
- Don Hathaway, former sheriff of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, and former association president
- "FAQ". Retrieved February 14, 2018.