113th Session of NSI
Originally conceived in the early 1970's by the late Ferris E. Lucas (NSA Executive Director) and enabled by a grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, the NSI was established in response to an expressed need by sheriffs to meet the rapidly changing demands of the office. Through several years of development and research conducted by the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration, a two-week program designed uniquely for first-term sheriffs was developed to enhance and develop the executive leadership skills of the sheriff. Recent revisions have created a more concise, streamlined curriculum that shortens the program to five days. Ongoing evaluations and modifications have ascertained the program's continuing success as an invaluable resource in several areas of knowledge vital for the successful administration of the office of sheriff. Among them are:
- Providing the sheriff with a greater understanding of his/her role as a community leader.
- Providing the sheriff opportunities to assess and evaluate leadership styles and skills in the areas of bargaining, interpersonal communications, and personnel management.
- Understanding how organization ethics assist in managing staff; to familiarize the sheriff with key legal issues that impact on the office of the executive leader.
- Providing the sheriff with an understanding of the media and how to effectively communicate and work with the media.
- And overall, providing the sheriff with the administrative oversight necessary to effectively manage all areas of responsibility.