One voice for the Office of Sheriff

Deputy Sheriff


The National Sheriffs' Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the law enforcement field. NSA is a key player in shaping national policy on critical criminal justice and homeland security issues important to the nation's sheriffs, deputies and police in the halls of Congress, US Courts and at the White House.

NSA is lead by an Executive Committee and Board of Directors comprised of members of NSA who are currently holding the elected position of Office of Sheriff. The Executive Committee has supervision, control, and direction of the affairs of the Association and shall be Trustees of the Corporation.  The Board of Directors annually reviews the Association's progress and outlines the law enforcement policies that guide the Association's activities.

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Message from the President

Sheriff John E. Aubrey

To assume the office of NSA President is both a rewarding and humbling experience.  Following in the footsteps of many Sheriffs who have held this office before me offers a constant reminder of my duties and responsibilities as well as the expectations of continuing the leadership of this great organization.  It is something I accept with great honor, pride and purpose.

I have had the opportunity to represent both the NSA and the Major County Sheriff’s on several different committees, requiring numerous trips to our Nation’s Capital meeting with some of the most powerful people in our Federal Government.  I can assure all our membership that our Sheriffs have a very strong voice in Washington.  It’s a voice that is Heard, respected, and most importantly, a voice that is influential, especially in the issues that matter most to all of us.

We are all aware of the challenges facing our nation when it comes to immigration and the nearly eleven million undocumented workers in this country.  We must continue our efforts to effectively secure our Nation’s borders while using taxpayer’s dollars in the most efficient way possible.  State and local law enforcement are the first point of contact in situations involving aliens, legal or otherwise.  We need to continue to strive for the ability to train and equip our enforcement personnel with effective tactics and emerging technologies.  Of course, if we are to be successful in this endeavor it must be fully funded in the federal budget priorities.  We need reimbursement for expenses associated with the housing of illegal immigrants.  Our Local jail operations should not have to bear the cost for housing prisoners who are in this country illegally.

For those Sheriffs who utilize volunteer Special Deputies or as many of us refer to them, Reserve Deputies, I think it’s significant that our Association recognized our very first Reserve Deputy of the Year at this year’s Conference in Fort Worth.  In addition to the Reserve roundtable training sessions conducted at our conference, many of us participated in a national survey that addressed a number of the issues concerning recruitment, training, assignment and retention of volunteer, sworn personnel.  We will continue to provide the best possible information and assistance with this issue as we move forward in our efforts to gather information and make it available to our membership.

Many of our Sheriffs from the large major agencies to the smallest rural ones with 5 or fewer deputies have had to deal with hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, raging forest fires, mudslides and much more.  I know there were Sheriffs from near and far who sent personnel and equipment to help, personifying the true meaning of our motto, “No Sheriff Stands Alone”.  That’s who we are.  Our Association exists for support, unity, cooperation and common purpose; to network and fight for legislation important to law enforcement. We must continue to strive to keep our voice strong and consistent at the highest level so that we truly represent all our membership from the smallest rural office to the largest in the land.

To be given the honor of serving as your National President is one of the proudest accomplishments of my 44 years of military and law enforcement service.  I look forward to meeting the challenges of this year and wish all Sheriffs the very best as you continue to serve your respective communities.