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Unique Needs and Challenges of Border Law Enforcement and Promising Practices for Establishing a Criminal Interdiction Unit

Since December 2018, the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) have been hosting and actively participating in meetings with border sheriffs to discuss their unique needs and challenges. The purpose of these meetings was to provide the NSA, the COPS Office, and other DOJ stakeholders with a better understanding of border security needs and to identify gaps for personnel and equipment, as well as training and technical assistance.

More than 130 people participated in three roundtable and focus group discussions. The first meeting, held in December 2018 in Rockwall, Texas, featured a roundtable of Texas sheriffs discussing their need for support and equipment needs, funding opportunities, personnel shortages, and operational control. Promising practices discussed included an introduction to the North Texas Criminal Interdiction Unit (NTXCIU).

Continuing the conversations, the NSA and the COPS Office called on the Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition (SWBSC) to participate in two focus group sessions facilitated by NSA, the COPS Office, and CNA on next steps. The first focus group session took place during the Western State Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Reno, Nevada, and the second, in which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also took part, at the SWBSC annual conference in Del Rio, Texas. They continued the discussion of the DOJ and DHS’s commitment to supporting sheriffs. Federal representatives presented on initiatives and projects being deployed to meet the needs of sheriffs.

Throughout these meetings, border sheriffs made it clear that they were facing a number of challenges. Participating sheriffs agreed that they could always use more training and would continue to accept any training opportunities that were made available. They responded well to the NTXCIU presentations where they gained knowledge on basic criminal interdiction and how to build a criminal interdiction unit. Participants also discussed their need for more technology, such as automatic license plate readers and x-ray machines.

To allow sheriffs who had not participated in the roundtables an opportunity to voice their needs, the NSA, in coordination with the COPS Office, sent a needs assessment to northern and southwestern border sheriffs to gather a comprehensive list.

2020 Complete Set of Resolutions

The following resolutions remain in effect until June 25, 2024, in accordance with Article XIII, Section 6 of the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Sheriffs Association

  • 2020-01 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports the Work and Mission of the Treatment Advocacy Center
  • 2020-02 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports the Big Cat Public Safety Act
  • 2020-03 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports the Mission of National School Safety Guidelines and Recognizes Our Schools as Critical Infrastructure Requiring the Protection of America’s Classrooms, Students, Teachers, and Staff
  • 2020-04 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports NIAC’s Call for Bold Approaches to Fight the Cyber Threat
  • 2020-05 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports Enactment of the “Do Not Track Act”
  • 2020-06 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports the Use of Non-Governmental Entities as an Option for Employment Background Checks
  • 2020-07 National Sheriffs’ Association Remains Opposed to Recreational Marijuana and Expresses Outrage at the Increases in the Number of Marijuana Impaired Driving Crashes and Deaths
  • 2020-08 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports Quick Clearance of Roadway Incidents Using Traffic Incident Management Practices
  • 2020-09 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports Rideshare and Independent Contractor Drivers as a Means to Curb Impaired Driving
  • 2020-10 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports the National Move-Over Initiative
  • 2020-11 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports Front and Rear Reflectorized License Plates
  • 2020-12 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports Efforts of the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 2020-13 National Sheriffs’ Association Supports the Efforts of Ridesharing Programs such as Lyft to Combat Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Motor Vehicle Crashes Resulting in Bodily Injury or Death, and Support for Crime Victim Service Programs
2021 NSA Award Nominations Packet

We are now accepting nominations for the prestigious NSA Awards for Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year, Charles "Bud" Meeks Award for Deputy Sheriff of the Year, Chaplain of the Year, Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor Award, Corrections/Jail Innovation of the Year Award, the Reserve Deputy of the Year Award, as well as several other awards.

Nominations must be postmarked by December 11, 2020.

2020 Constitutional Charter and Bylaws

The constitution contains the fundamental principles which govern NSA's operation. The bylaws establish the specific rules of guidance by which NSA is to function.

Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET): A Toolkit for Law Enforcement

The use of force by law enforcement, deadly or otherwise, has become a major issue before the public. As human cases have become more visible, so have cases where law enforcement officers have used deadly force against companion dogs. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide law enforcement agencies and officers with the information, tools, and resources necessary to handle dog encounters, starting with prevention all the way through dealing with the aftermath of an unfortunate deadly dog encounter.

Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET): A Toolkit for Law Enforcement—Decoding Canine Body Language Quick Reference Guide

The use of force by law enforcement, deadly or otherwise, has become a major issue before the public. As human cases have become more visible, so have cases where law enforcement officers have used deadly force against companion dogs. The purpose of this quick reference guide is to provide law enforcement agencies and officers with the information and tools necessary to handle dog encounters, starting with understanding canine body language. This quick reference guide is part of Law Enforcement Dog Encounters Training (LEDET): A Toolkit for Law Enforcement. 

2019 Complete Set of Resolutions

The following resolutions remain in effect until June 18, 2023, in accordance with Article XIII, Section 6 of the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Sheriffs Association:

  • 2019-01: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE NATIONAL FLAG FOUNDATION'S 2019 FLAG DAY INITIATIVE
  • 2019-02: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE USE OF FDA APPROVED AND EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT) FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER IN COUNTY JAILS
  • 2019-03: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCATION SUPPORTS THE INVESTIGATION OF ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE OFTEN-RELATED CRIMES TO HUMAN VICTIMS
  • 2019-04: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE ELECTED OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
  • 2019-05: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE USE OF ELECTRONIC WARRANTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST IMPAIRED DRIVING
  • 2019-06: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL POLICE EXCHANGES
  • 2019-07: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS NEXT GENERATION 9-1-1
  • 2019-08: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS DEDICATED FEDERAL TRAFFIC SAFETY FUNDING FOR HIGH RISK VEHICLE PURSUIT AND TRAINING EQUIPMENT
  • 2019-09: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE NSA CYBERCRIME INVESTIGATOR’S PROGRAM’S ENGAGEMENT WITH NW3C, DOD, U.S. ATTORNEYS AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS
  • 2019-10: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION OPPOSES THE LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND SUPPORTS THE FDA REVIEW OF MARIJUANA FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES
Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources for the Field

NSA and NCCHC are pleased to present a resource to support jail administrators in providing effective treatment in a controlled, safe environment.

Jails are on the front lines of this epidemic, and they also are in a unique position to initiate treatment in a controlled, safe environment. Pharmacotherapy—i.e., medication-assisted treatment—is a cornerstone of best practice for recovery from substance abuse. Treatment using MAT, particularly when coupled with evidence-based behavioral therapy, improves medical and mental health outcomes and reduces relapses and recidivism.

2018 NATI Manual

This handbook is designed to help law enforcement and older adults interested in the Triad concept to implement a comprehensive crime prevention and education program. It explains what Triad is, why it is needed, how to organize a Triad, and how to leverage the group’s collective strength to address issues aff ecting older adults.

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2018 Complete Set of Resolutions

The following resolutions remain in effect until June 24, 2022, in accordance with Article XIII, Section 6 of the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Sheriffs Association 

  • 2018-01 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS A JOINT RESOLUTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE ACCEPTING THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL POSITION ON CANNABIS (MARIJUANA) AND DRIVING REGARDING THC PER SE LEGISLATION
  • 2018-02 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION ON YOUTH TRIED AS ADULTS
  • 2018-03 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS FBI CALL FOR ACTION ON ENCRYPTION, A MAJOR PUBLIC SAFETY PROBLEM
  • 2018-04 SUPPORT FOR 2018 MODEL ORDINANCE FOR ALARM MANAGEMENT AND FALSE ALARM REDUCTION
  • 2018-05 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE REGIONAL INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEMS® (RISS)
  • 2018-06 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM (D.A.R.E.)
  • 2018-07 NSA HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF A PLAN TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL CORPS OF COMMISSIONED LAW ENFORCEMENT CYBER INVESTIGATORS, TRAINED & CERTIFIED BY NSA.
  • 2018-08 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE INVENTORYING, TESTING, AND TRACKING OF ALL RAPE KITS CONNECTED TO A REPORTED CRIME
  • 2018-09 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION ENDORSES GROWTH THROUGH OPPORTUNITY (GTO)
  • 2018-10 NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS PROTECTION OF SPECTRUM USED IN SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
  • 2018-11 THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES AND SUPPORTS RESULTS-BASED SOLUTIONS THAT ADDRESS OR SOLVE THE MULTITUDE OF CHALLENGES THAT INNEFECTIVE BORDER SECURITY HAS CAUSED OUR NATION
  • 2018-12  NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP KNOWN AS THE BASIC ORDERING AGREEMENT (BOA) BETWEEN DHS (ICE), MAJOR COUNTY SHERIFFS OF AMERICAN (MCSA) AND NSA THAT AIMS TO PREVENT THE RELEASE OF CRIMINAL ALIENS
  • 2018-13  NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS SEAMLESS INTEROPERABILITY OF 9-1-1 AND NEXT GENERATION 9-1-1- NETWORKS
  • 2018-14  NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE EFFORTS OF STOP UNDERRIDES AND ADVOCACY FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY