Sheriff James Stuart of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office participated in the 113th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, September 18-22, 2017, as the class mentor. The NSI is the only national executive development program designed for sheriffs. This no-cost program is co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).
Sheriff Stuart was joined by 30 first-term sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today. Sheriff Stuart serves on the Executive Board for the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, and on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriff’s Association. A seasoned sheriff and a graduate of the 102nd session of NSI in 2012, Sheriff Stuart was able to assist with discussions on the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
Hilary Burgess, NSA Director of Professional Development, said, “Sheriff Stuart is a leader with vision for the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. His experience and expertise in law enforcement was an asset while mentoring the 30 sheriffs who attended the NSI 113th session.”
Sheriff Stuart said, “It was truly an honor to represent Anoka County, and the National Sheriff’s Association as the NSI mentor. This group of leaders comes together from across the country to enhance their leadership skills and improve their service delivery to the citizens we all proudly serve. Their commitment to raising the bar is inspiring and affirms that we are on a solid path for the future of our nation’s protectors”.
The NIC is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. It is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training, and information services for state and local corrections. NIC provides a wide variety of services to the nation’s jails, most of which are the responsibility of sheriffs.
The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Virginia. NSA represents the nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members, including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens, students, and others. Since 1940, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals. NSA also provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations, and traffic safety. Additionally, NSA administers the highly successful National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.