Sheriffs Applaud Executive Order Restoring 1033 Program

Monday, August 28, 2017

Alexandria, VA - The National Sheriffs' Association President Harold Eavenson, Rockwall County, TX and Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson released the following statement:

Today the President signed an executive order revoking the previous administration’s injudicious ban on lifesaving equipment. We applaud the President's actions, and we are encouraged to see him acting on this important issue that we have vocally advocated for.

Across the country we have seen how valuable this equipment has been to local law enforcement from San Bernardino to Orlando in fighting terrorism but also by saving lives in floods in South Carolina and snow storms in North Dakota, just to name a few. The equipment Sheriffs receive through this program include equipment they could not otherwise afford including additional bullet-proof vests and Kevlar helmets, upgraded safety equipment, as well as larger equipment such as helicopters and robotics.

By reinstating this program the President will provide more resources to local law enforcement to keep their communities safe without any additional cost to the tax-payer. This has been a top priority for America’s Sheriffs, so we praise President Trump and Attorney General Sessions for delivering on this important initiative.

The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven-year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.