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About NSA

Welcome to the National Sheriffs' Association

Our primary goal at the National Sheriffs' Association is to preserve and protect the Office of Sheriff, so that the Sheriffs of this country can provide quality service to their constituents.

We try to achieve that goal by being a voice for the Sheriffs of this nation, and by providing resources to Sheriffs all over the country.

The 3080 Sheriffs of the United States are very diverse and have different jurisdictional sizes and challenges of their offices. All Sheriffs share the common goal of protecting the citizens that elected us, and making the quality of life of those citizens the best it can be.


Constitutional Charter

The Charter of the National Sheriffs’ Association, granted by the state of Ohio under its non-profit  corporation laws, provides that the objectives of the Association shall and are hereby declared to be:

To encourage and promote fair and efficient administration of criminal justice throughout the United States.

To encourage protection of the jurisdiction of the sheriff as a constitutional/statutory officer, and to support sheriffs throughout the United States in their efforts to discharge their law enforcement, corrections, and judicial responsibilities in a fair, efficient, and professional manner.

To cooperate with criminal justice agencies and other public and private organizations dedicated to the  reduction of crime and improvement of law enforcement.

To encourage and to assist local state associations of sheriffs and other law enforcement officers. 

To develop and encourage the practice of high standards of personal and professional conduct among  sheriffs and other law enforcement officers.

To conduct such research, study, and investigation as may be necessary and advisable to develop information, knowledge, and data that would be useful in improving the administration of criminal justice.

To promote the law enforcement profession by providing appropriate educational courses in cooperation  with institutions of higher learning or otherwise. 

To encourage, plan, and implement programs designed to foster respect for the law by juveniles and to  combat delinquency and unlawful behavior by youths.

To develop and support crime prevention projects at national, state, and local levels.

To acquire, preserve, and disseminate valuable information related to the Office of Sheriff and the administration of criminal justice.

To conduct competitions and make awards for outstanding services to law enforcement.

To sponsor group insurance and other programs, which will provide protection of members of the Association and the governmental agencies, they represent.

To exercise all general powers conferred upon a non-profit corporation by the laws of the State of Ohio  and the Commonwealth of Virginia, where the Association has its principal office, except as prohibited or  forbidden by the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Sheriffs’ Association.

This charter may be amended as authorized by the laws of the State of Ohio and Commonwealth of Virginia. 


About NSA

Chartered in 1940, the National Sheriffs' Association is a professional association dedicated to serving the Office of Sheriff and its affiliates through police education, police training, and general law enforcement information resources. NSA represents thousands of sheriffs, deputies and other law enforcement, public safety professionals, and concerned citizens nationwide.

Through the years, NSA has provided programs for Sheriffs, their deputies, chiefs of police, and others in the field of criminal justice to perform their jobs in the best possible manner and to better serve the people of their cities, counties or jurisdictions. 

The National Sheriffs' Association headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia and offers police training, police information, court security training, jail information and other law enforcement services to sheriffs, deputies, and others throughout the nation. NSA has worked to forge cooperative relationships with local, state, and federal criminal justice professionals across the nation to network and share information about homeland security programs and projects.

NSA serves as the center of a vast network of law enforcement information, filling requests for information daily and enabling criminal justice professionals, including police officers, sheriffs, and deputies, to locate the information and programs they need. NSA recognizes the need to seek information from the membership, particularly the sheriff and the state sheriffs' associations, in order to meet the needs and concerns of individual NSA members. While working on the national level, NSA has continued to seek grass-roots guidance, ever striving to work with and for its members, clients, and citizens of the nation.

NSA has through the years assisted sheriffs offices, sheriffs departments and state sheriffs associations in locating and preparing applications for state and federal homeland security grant funding. The NSA record and reputation for integrity and dependability in the conduction of such public safety programs among government agencies is well recognized and has led to continuing opportunities to apply for grants on the national, state, and local levels as well as management of service contracts. 

History of NSA

History of the Office of Sheriff

Office of Sheriff State-By-State Elections Information (coming soon)
A chart that includes contact information on State Elections Divisions, as well as election cycles, term limits, etc.


The National Sheriffs' Association
1450 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA  22314-3490
Phone: 1.800.424.7827
Fax: 703.838.5349