NSA's Center for Public Safety

Public Safety

Our Mission

The National Sheriffs' Association is dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice public safety and law enforcement so that they may perform their jobs in the best possible manner and better serve the people of their cities, counties or jurisdictions. Learn More learn more arrow

Center for Public Safety

The National Sheriffs' Association Center for Public Safety has been established to address the needs of law enforcement in the following areas: Jail Operations, Court Security, Homeland Security, and Leadership.

Court Security
The Institute for Court Security offers specialized training in court security and judicial operations. Several programs are offered including a Court Security Certification program, agency hosted training, and Court Security Assessments. NSA has partnered with Columbia Southern University to provide many of these court security programs.
 
 
Jail Operations
The Institute for Jail Operations offers specialized training in jail management and operations. Several programs are offered including a Jail Operations Training and Certification program and Jail Correspondence Training. NSA has partnered with Columbia Southern University and the National Institute for Jail Operations to provide many of these valuable jail operations programs.
 
 
Homeland Security
The Institute for Homeland Security offers homeland security related initiatives and certifications. Some of the programs offered include SAR Line Officer training and Homeland Protection Professional Certification. NSA has partnered with the National SAR Initiative and the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition to provide these programs.
 
 
Law Enforcement
The Institute for Leadership and Tourism Policing provides training for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, and other in the field of criminal justice to perform their jobs in the best possible manner. Programs include the National Sheriffs' Institute.
 
 
 
 
 

Resources

 

Mission

The NSA Center for Public Safety is charged with the following objectives: 
  • To provide professional development, leadership training and resources to increase and strengthen the impact of individuals in middle and senior level management across all law enforcement disciplines.
  • To provide law enforcement individuals assigned to our Nation's Jails with research, analysis, strategic and tactical consulting, training, education and policy input to attain professional goals and objectives.
  • To provide law enforcement individuals assigned to our Nation's Courts and Judicial Centers with research, analysis, strategic and tactical consulting, training, education and policy input to attain professional goals and objectives in securing the facilities they are assigned.
  • To benchmark best practices and solutions to increase the professionalism and quality of persons in the law enforcement industry.
 

Goals

The Center will: 
  • Research and Develop programs and information that impact our officers and leaders
  • Develop cost-efficient and effective professional development programs, training and education
  • Provide specialized training in Leadership, Jail Operations and Court Security Operations
  • Provide resources and up to date information on Leadership, Jail Operations and Court Security
  • Provide access to current professional and experts in Leadership Jail Operations and Court Security
The Institute for Court Security offers specialized training in court and judicial security operations. The following programs are offered:

Court Security Certificate Program

NSA offers this certification in five levels (from Basic to a Masters of Court Security). With the increased pressure in the courts to provide security for your judges and all who pass through your courthouse doors, your staff needs to be well trained. NSA is happy to provide this training. Click here for more information.
 

 

NSA Court Security Training

NSA has long provided education for maintaining courthouse security and guarding the courthouse workgroup, citizens and users of the judicial system.  This training will provide an introduction to contemporary concepts and law enforcement strategies related to courthouse and courtroom security.  Topics include:

  • Understanding the need for vulnerability assessments
  • Knowing current courtroom security standards of practice
  • Knowing the strategies of defendant management 
  • Understanding the need for professional awareness 
  • Elements of judicial threat management
  • Understanding the basic need for advance planning for emergency events 
  • Understanding the basic dynamics and operations needed in planning high profile cases

This one or two-day training can be hosted by any agency.  All you need to do is provide the facility, NSA provides the rest.  A minimum of 25 attendees is required to hold the training for the cost of only $235 per person.  A flat fee of $5,900 is charged for classes of less than 25.

Training Schedule

Rapid City, SD: October 8-9, 2014
Hosted by Pennington County Sheriff’s Office
 
Elkhorn, WI: November 19-20, 2014
Hosted by Walworth County Sheriff’s Office
 

Stapleton, AL: June 23-24, 2015
Hosted by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office

 

Court Security Assessments

The security of a courthouse is based on a balance between four essential components: involvement of all stakeholders, security personnel, technological devices, and the configuration of the facility itself.  Absence of any one of these components affects the security of the facility.  The purpose of a Court Security Assessment is to recognize and develop promising practices of accountability and safety.  NSA's process of evaluating operations includes:
  • Identification of current staffing and practices
  • Conducting a basic physical audit including holding facilities
  • Interviewing pertinent personnel, judges and additional court users
  • Disseminating the information in a practical, easy to adopt format
  • Preparing a written report
 
To receive a Court Security Assessment proposal or host a Court Security Training, please contact:
Hilary Burgess
(800) 424-7827 x320
 

Click here for additional Court Security Resources

The Institute for Jail Operations, a division of the NSA Center for Public Safety, was formed in 2011 at the request of sheriffs across the United States. Recognizing that jails are one of the most litigious and largest liability concerns a sheriff faces, and the fact that sheriffs operate over 85% of the jails in the United States, it makes sense that the National Sheriffs' Association focuses its efforts on providing leadership, resources and training for jails.
 

Jail Officer Certification

NSA has created the Jail Certification Program at the NSA Center for Public Safety to provide professional designation to jail officers, supervisors, administrators and sheriffs who possess the requisite understanding, knowledge, skills, experience and abilities to function to the level of their achieved certification.
 
The Certification Board established a thorough analysis of primary functions and knowledge of jail operations and administration management for each designated certification, combining experience and education coupled with testing to ensure comprehension of critical areas of focus. Click here for more information.
 
 

Training

Several different services are available, such as online training, jail seminars, articles written by the foremost corrections experts, model policy and the legal-based jail guidelines. 
 

Online Programs

Earn a NSA Certificate with successful completion of any of the three available online jail management courses. Students enrolled in a CSU degree program, or who later enroll in a program, may be able to receive credit hours toward elective requirements. Click here for details.
 
The Jail Evacuation course is designed to address the needs of Sheriffs and Jail Commanders who may encounter a situation in which their jail must be evacuated. The course provides background information on terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Exercises and discussions are designed to support and guide participants through the learning processes required to develop a jail evacuation plan. Click here for more information.
 
The DACOTA curriculum is designed specifically for sheriffs, jail administrators and supervisors and is filled with interactive video and engaging online jail training. Click here to start today.
 

Live Training Seminars

Click here to view the schedule of these trainings. To host one of these training seminars, Contact NIJO staff and request additional information.

This seminar will provide an overview of the hottest topics jail administrators’ face, along with updates involving trends in litigation. Prisoners file more litigation than any other group in the United States. 
 
This workshop provides a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of risk management and civil liability protection. 
 
This training seminar will delve into various aspects of the duty to protect those who are confined to their facilities from both legal and operational perspectives. 
 
This seminar will focus on practical information concerning the overall management of a jail
hostage situation and provide participants with specific jail information as well as special emergency planning strategies that are designed to enhance the effectiveness of jail emergency operational strategies.
 
This course will provide instruction on the essential elements of: (1) corrections law, and (2) limiting vulnerability to prisoner litigation. 
 
This session will provide jail personnel with an overview of the elements of emergency planning and a model process which helps ensure the development of a comprehensive emergency plan for their department. 
 
The mission of this training focuses on providing the trainee with both the concepts and the techniques, or skills, for being a humane leader. 
 
 

NSA Jail Correspondence Training Programs

Thousands of students have graduated from the Jail Officer's Training Program and the First/Second Line Supervisor's Training Program, and the success of these programs continues to flourish. From the volume of informational requests received daily about these programs, we anticipate continued growth as public safety/criminal justice agencies become increasingly aware of the ongoing training needed to carry out their duties.  Click here to learn more about these Jail Correspondence Training Programs.
 
 

Jail Resources

The National Sheriffs’ Association is committed to providing the best resources available to make jails safer, more secure and protect against liability and adverse publicity. Click here for additional jail resources.
 
 

Technical Assistance and Requests for Info

The requests for assistance received by this section vary from someone seeking policies relating to major events/community functions, use of force, work release, or vehicular pursuit; to a department requesting information on sources of funding for building a new jail. This section responds to these requests by either furnishing the information available through NSA or by referring callers to the appropriate agency that can provide the information sought. It has always been and will continue to be the goal of this section to respond to the numerous requests in a timely manner.  Email NSA's Jail Operations Section or call 800-424-7827 for assistance and requests.
 

NSA provides training for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police and others in the field of criminal justice to perform their jobs in the best possible manner.

 

Tourist-Oriented Policing for Community Order, Protection and Safety (TOP-COPS Training)

Tourism is big business for many cities, towns, and counties. Over the past 25 years tourism has been one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the United States. Today, with over 58 million visitors a year and over $100 billion in revenues, tourism is the United States’ second largest service industry. Keeping tourists safe and informed while visiting your communities must be a necessary commitment for law enforcement.
 
Communities that depend on tourism must have law enforcement officers that are specially trained on preventing and fighting crimes in their tourism areas. They must interact with the tourist and provide them with information about safety measures, general information, and offer them assistance during their visit. Any loss in tourism for a community could be disastrous for the law enforcement executive’s budget. On the other hand an increase in tourism could increase resources for the executive.
 
TOP - COPS TRAINING PROGRAMS use traditional theories associated with community-oriented policing, problem-oriented policing, situational policing, and crime prevention through environmental design.
 
Basic areas of instruction common to all courses are critical communication skills, emotional intelligence, de-escalation, conflict resolution, general tourism and basic principles of tourist safety, media relations, immigration law, community history, and breaking down language barriers.
 
For additional information, click here to download our brochure.
Click here to watch a video about John Thompsons visit to Haiti.
 
Contact
John Thompson, Chief of Staff 
703-838-5313

 

 

National Sheriffs' Institute

The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), in concert with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), boasts one of the nation's most respected training opportunities available for new sheriffs.
 
 

Officer Leadership Program

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Traffic Injury Control Programs, in partnership with the National Sheriffs' Association, sponsors a cooperative program for law enforcement agencies whereby an agency can send an officer to Washington, D.C. for a one-year assignment. These officers help develop state-of-the-art resource materials and work to improve enforcement strategies and training programs on a wide range of traffic safety initiatives. Traffic safety is enhanced when officers review and play an active role in the development of national initiatives. In addition, officers return to their agency with a better understanding of the traffic safety programs of NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration, as well as the federal contract and grant processes and how to respond to requests for proposals. Officers also gain national exposure, network with highway safety professionals on the federal, state, and local levels, and bring recognition to their agency.

Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative

Free Online Training for Law Enforcement

The NSI training strategy is a multifaceted approach designed to increase the effectiveness of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and public safety professionals and other frontline partners in identifying, reporting, evaluating, and sharing pre-incident terrorism indicators to prevent acts of terrorism. To increase the effectiveness of this multifaceted approach, the NSI has developed training programs for frontline officers and hometown security partners regarding documented and verified behaviors and indicators that, when viewed in the context of all known facts and circumstances, may indicate terrorism-related criminal activity. Both the SAR Line Officer Training and each sector-specific SAR Hometown Security Partners Training discuss how to report identified suspicious activity to the proper authorities while maintaining the protection of citizens' privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

http://nsi.ncirc.gov/(X(1)S(vzhexzphsicmfktgyyjocbsc))/training_sarlot1.aspx

http://nsi.ncirc.gov/(X(1)S(vzhexzphsicmfktgyyjocbsc))/sarlotregistration/version2/

 

 

Homeland Protection Professional Certifications

The lines separating the responsibilities of emergency response disciplines were blurred after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. To address these newly melded responsibilities, the profession of Homeland Security was created. Ten years later, there is a recognized need for responders from all disciplines, to include both public sector responders and private sector security professionals to have the knowledge, skills and abilities that allow them to participate in Homeland Protection related activities. 
 
Homeland Protection activities are common to both the public and private sector and include prevention, preparedness, protection, mitigation, response and recovery from, “all hazards” including terrorism.
Employers must know that their employees and prospective employees have demonstrated competency in the area of Homeland Protection. 
 

Certified Homeland Protection Professional

The Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) designation was established to ensure that an individual who possesses the designation has the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to be considered a professional in the area of homeland protection.
 
Those who hold the Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) designation are prepared to help their organizations prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from all hazards. They have demonstrated competency, knowledge, skills and abilities in the blended discipline area of Homeland Protection and have completed a rigorous qualification and testing program. Homeland Protection Professionals must have a predetermined blend of experience and education, show completed course work in the knowledge areas required by the Certification Board and take an online course and pass the Homeland Protection Professional test.
 
Requirements
All Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) applicants must possess the following requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • At least 21 years of age
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military (for U.S. Veterans only)
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Four (4) years of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
    • Or: Associates Degree and at least 3 years of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
    • Or: Bachelor’s Degree and at least 2 years of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
    • Or: Master’s Degree and 1 year of experience as a responder, security professional or emergency manager.
  • Course work in the knowledge areas as approved by the Certification review committee or pass the Online Certified Homeland Protection Professional Course with a minimum score of 80%.  NSA Course Certificates, NDPCI Certificates, FEMA and DHS Course Certificates in the knowledge areas will be automatically accepted.
 

Certified Homeland Protection Associate

Those who hold the Certified Homeland Protection Associate (CHPA) designation have demonstrated that through course work and testing, they are prepared to begin a career in the area of Homeland Security. CHPA candidates must be current students or have graduated from an accredited college or university. They must have completed course work in predetermined areas relating to Homeland Protection which are determined by the Certification Board, and take an online course and pass the Homeland Protection Associate test.
 
Requirements
All Certified Homeland Protection Associates (CHPA) applicants must possess the following requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • At least 20 years of age
  • No felony convictions
  • No dishonorable discharge from the U.S. military (for U.S. Veterans only)
  • Neither a record of disciplinary action from any state, province or territory, or licensing or certification board within the past 10 years nor subject under any such investigation
  • Current Student enrolled at an accredited College or University or a Graduate of an accredited College or University.
  • Nine hours of course work in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Security Management, Criminal Justice, and/or Fire Science as approved by the Certification review committee. NSA Course Certificates and NDPCI Certificates in the knowledge areas will be automatically accepted.