Jail Operations

Jails are one of the most litigious and largest liability concerns a sheriff faces and sheriffs operate over 85% of the jails in the US. NSA focuses its efforts on providing leadership, resources and training for jails.

The Jail Operations program offers specialized training in jail management and operations. Trainings include Jail Certification, Jail Correspondence Training, Jail Operations Certification, and Jail Evacuation Training.


Jail Certification

NSA, in cooperation with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Corrections Academy, has created the Jail Certification Program 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.


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. 


NSA Jail Operations Certificate

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.

Jail Evacuation Training

The Jail Evacuation programs, originally developed by the NSA through a cooperative agreement funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), provide an overview of primary topic areas that Sheriffs and Jail Commanders can utilize to determine the status of their current jail evacuation plan.  

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.