NSA's Center for Public Safety

Public Safety

Institute for Leadership and Tourism Policing

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.

Institute for Credible Leadership Development

As a part of NSA's commitment to provide innovative, relevant educational opportunities and in an effort to address the need expressed by so many Sheriffs throughout the country regarding affordable, comprehensive and sustainable leadership education, NSA is pleased to partner with the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS) to develop the online NSA Institute for Credible Leadership Development.

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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.
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Click here to watch a video about John Thompsons visit to Haiti.
John Thompson, Chief of Staff 



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.