Sheriff Clint Shrum of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 109th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, February 22-26, 2016. 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 Shrum is the first sheriff of Grundy County to graduate from the NSI.
Sheriff Shrum joined 20 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs today. In light of those challenges, the sheriffs explored 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 organization effectiveness and efficiency.
Hilary Burgess, NSA Manager of Training, said, “Sheriff Shrum is a leader with vision for the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. It is an honor to have Sheriff Shrum join the elite group of only 2,700 graduates of the NSI since 1973.”
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. “Having been afforded the opportunity to attend this training at this critical time will prove invaluable as we transition into our new detention center. The change in technology and operations will be challenging but I believe this program has better prepared me and the Sheriff’s Office to meet that challenge,” explained Sheriff Clint Shrum.
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.