Since its founding in 1940, the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) has been the one voice of the nation's sheriffs in Washington, DC. As one of the largest US law enforcement organizations, NSA is a leading advocate on law enforcement, criminal justice, and public safety issues.
The Government Affairs Department, in conjunction with the Governmental Affairs Committee, develops the Association's law enforcement and homeland security policy positions and represents the Association before the United States Congress, the White House, and the various federal agencies. We continually work to build relationships with lawmakers and administration officials on both sides of the aisle and provide NSA members with up-to-date information on developments that affect their public safety and homeland security interests.
In order to best direct the resources of the Association, the Governmental Affairs Committee has identified the following topical areas as key priorities:
- Immigration and border security
- Mental health
- Grants, staffing, and equipment
- Inmate support and services
- Miscellaneous Issues
Legislation and policy issues outside of these areas do arise throughout the year and the Association’s involvement is determined on a case by case basis.
Key Legislative Positions
Upon commencement of the 115th Congress in January 2017, the Association’s position on introduced and proposed legislation will be updated and available here.