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The publications department is responsible for production of the bimonthly Sheriff & Deputy magazine, a number of recurring annual publications, brochures, and other print products for NSA as needed.

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A Menthol Ban: Its Impact on Law Enforcement Efforts Against the Illicit Tobacco Trade

The global illicit trade of tobacco is a threat to U.S. national security as well as the national security of countless countries around the globe.  Criminal organizations have turned to tobacco because it is a low risk, high-reward product that can yield these organizations very large sums of money.  There is currently a demand for tobacco by its users around the globe.  Because tobacco is legal, however, these organizations must sell it cheaper to entice individuals to want to buy it.  Selling cheaper gives criminal organization the opportunity to build a customer base on which they can rely for revenue.  Such trade also causes approximately $3 to $7 billion in tax losses to individual states and countries.  The illicit trade may also increase health issues of users because it may introduce products to consumers that do not meet the health regulations of the destination country, including some with ingredients not fit for human consumption.

National Sheriffs' Association Law Enforcement Priorities Survey

Top Priorities for Law Enforcement

  • Most Americans consider preventing and investigating violent crimes and enforcing criminal traffic laws as top priorities for local law enforcement in their communities.
    • Nine in ten Americans assign high priority to preventing and investigating violent crimes, while just 2 percent believe that this enforcement activity should be given low priority.
    • Close to two-thirds of respondents believe that enforcing criminal traffic laws should be a top priority for law enforcement. Nearly one-third gave moderate priority to this activity, while 4 percent showed low concern.
    • Enforcement of immigration laws is deemed a high priority among two in five respondents, while just over a quarter attach low priority to immigration enforcement.
  • Compared to the other activities outlined in the study, enforcing a ban on menthol cigarettes is not a pressing matter to most Americans. Less than one in five (18 percent) respondents prioritize the enforcement of a menthol cigarette ban, while a majority places low priority on this activity.
  • In terms of smoking behavior, smokers and non-smokers largely agree on what should constitute the top priorities for local law enforcement. Nine in ten smokers and non-smokers view violent crime prevention as a top concern for police, while around two-thirds attach high priority to enforcing criminal traffic laws.
  • At the same time, the two segments diverge on the value of enforcing laws concerning menthol cigarettes. Non-smokers are nearly twice as likely to prioritize a menthol ban as smokers, 21 percent to 12 percent.
  • Meanwhile, smokers place a higher priority on enforcing immigration laws and preventing and investigation less crimes than do non-smokers.
2020 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 13, 2019.

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 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.

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
2017 Complete Set of Resolutions

The following resolutions remain in effect until June 25, 2021, in accordance with Article XIII, Section 6 of the Constitution and Bylaws of the National Sheriffs Association 

  • 2017-01: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION ACKNOWLEDGES THE ELECTED OFFICE OF SHERIFF AS THE CHIEF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE THROUGHOUT OUR NATION
  • 2017-02: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENTS OF JUSTICE AND HOMELAND SECURITY IN STOPPING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND SECURING OUR BORDERS
  • 2017-03: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO LOCAL UNFUNDED MANDATES
  • 2017-04: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION DEMONSTRATES THE BENEFITS OF RIDESHARING THROUGH ONGOING SUPPORT FOR RIDESHARING PROGRAMS SUCH AS LYFT
  • 2017-05: NATIONAL SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION OPPOSES ANY INCREASE IN SIZE OR WEIGHT OF LARGE TRUCKS AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT 
  • 2017-05: NATIONAL SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS THE USE OF NON-NARCOTIC EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT (MAT) FOR OPIOID DEPENDENCE IN COUNTY JAILS
  • 2017-06: NATIONAL SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION OPPOSES LEGISLATION ON DRUG IMPORTATION 
NSA Constitution & 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.

Active Shooter/Hostile Event Guide

This guide is designed to serve as a template and checklist for preparing Active Shooter/Hostile Event (ASHE) specific plans and procedures including incident command, emergency communications, medical, training and exercises, community outreach and citizen engagement, equipment, and incident specific considerations for ASHE specific threats and responses (active violence, fire as a weapon, explosives, civil disturbance). It also includes a resource guide that includes terms and definitions and example Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)/Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) for formally documenting the resources and commitments each agency and jurisdiction should make when planning and executing a multi- agency/multi-jurisdiction ASHE incident plan.

The document is unclassified and contains no caveats restricting dissemination.