Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Kempker participated in the 114th session of the National Sheriffs Institute, April 9-13 in Aurora, Colorado. Kempker is the first sheriff from Ottawa County to graduate from the institute.
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).
Kempker joined 27 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.
“Sheriff Kempker is a leader with vision for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office,” said Hilary Burgess, NSA director of professional development. “It is an honor to have Sheriff Kempker join the more than 2,900 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. The institute 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. The association 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, the association has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals. It 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.