National Sheriffs’ Association

Chartered in 1940, the National Sheriffs’ Association is a professional association dedicated to serving the Office of Sheriff and its affiliates through education, training, and general law enforcement information resources. NSA represents thousands of sheriffs, deputies and other law enforcement, public safety professionals, and concerned citizens nationwide.

Through the years, NSA has provided programs for Sheriffs, their deputies, chiefs of police, and others in the field of criminal justice to perform their jobs in the best possible manner and to better serve the people of their cities, counties or jurisdictions. NSA has worked to forge cooperative relationships with local, state, and federal criminal justice professionals across the nation to network and share information about homeland security programs and projects.

The National Sheriffs’ Association headquarters is located in Alexandria, Virginia and serves as the center of a vast network of law enforcement information, filling requests for information daily and enabling criminal justice professionals, including sheriffs, and deputies, to locate the information and programs they need. NSA recognizes the need to seek information from the membership, particularly the sheriff and the state sheriffs’ associations, in order to meet the needs and concerns of individual NSA members. While working on the national level, NSA has continued to seek grass-roots guidance, ever striving to work with and for its members, clients, and citizens of the nation.

NSA has through the years assisted sheriffs’ offices and state sheriffs’ associations in locating and preparing applications for state and federal homeland security grant funding. The NSA record and reputation for integrity and dependability in the conduction of such public safety programs among government agencies is well recognized and has led to continuing opportunities to apply for grants on the national, state, and local levels as well as management of service contracts.

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

It comes down to saving lives. From providing emergency responders to disasters across the state and nation to developing training and practical workforce solutions, TEEX makes a difference worldwide. More than 168,000 people representing every U.S. state and territory and 82 countries are served annually through on-site and online resources for specialties from homeland security to economic development and workforce training.

The major TEEX programs include fire and rescue, infrastructure and safety, law enforcement, economic and workforce development, and homeland security. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX is unique in its ability to access a broad range of emerging research and technical expertise. Beginning with course design and development all the way through hands-on instruction and national certification testing, TEEX delivers comprehensive training through both classroom and hands-on instruction and as online courses. Hosting services for online courses, technical assistance and technology validation, and bilingual training and translation services also are available.

Courses designed to train individuals to work successfully and effectively in a correctional setting are available through the TEEX Corrections Academy. Providing affordable blended learning experiences for aspiring and advancing correctional officers, classes include physical skills training and self-paced online learning. Training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively carry out duties and maintain control within a jail environment including basic self-defense and inmate handling techniques. Other course topics include interpersonal communications in the correctional setting, inmate rights and privileges, use of force, suicide detection and prevention, inmate health, and objective jail classification. Texas peace officers can acquire basic jail certification through the Basic County Corrections course, which meets the training requirements of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and provides preparation for the state-licensing exam. Higher-level courses provide more advanced, in-depth training.

By placing safety and well-being above all and by focusing on prevention and response, TEEX has become a comprehensive training provider through more than 80 years of extension training. Working with other agencies and encouraging involvement has led to better fire safety and emergency response, cleaner drinking water, better roads and infrastructure, improved homeland security, safer workplaces, heightened public safety and security, new therapeutics manufacturing and the evolution of cyber security.