Sheriff Hoffman completes 120th session of National Sheriffs’ Institute Leadership Development Course

He was among 24 sheriffs from across the nation nominated for the training

Sheriff Gabe Morgan of Newport News, Va., (left) presents the course completion certificate to Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman. Contributed photo

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman has completed participation in the 120th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute Leadership Development Course, which the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., hosted from Aug. 7 to Aug. 11, the Sheriff Office has announced.

This no-cost program is provided by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), which is part of the U.S. Department of Justice, in collaboration with the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA) organization, a news release explains.

Hoffman was nominated to join 23 other sheriffs from across the country for training on effective leadership within sheriff’s offices, their local criminal justice systems, and their communities, the release adds. “The NSI is the only executive leadership training program designed specifically for sheriffs,” to prepare them for all matters that impact the Office of Sheriff, the release points out. The NSI was developed and presented for the first time in the early 1970s, in response to sheriffs’ need to meet the evolving demands of the office, the release notes.

“The NSI has gone through many iterations throughout its history,” the release continues. “Since 1993, the NSI has been housed in the NIC Jails Division.”

“The National Sheriffs’ Institute Leadership Development Course is an example of how federal and local government can partner and work together to improve the policing profession,” said Megan E. Noland, executive director of the Major County Sheriffs of America, in the release. “The knowledge and leadership strategies shared among the 23 Sheriffs in this class were invaluable and will allow each Sheriff to take back fresh and innovative ideas to apply to their agency and community relations,” she added.

“We are grateful to our partners at the FBI for partnering with NIC to host the National Sheriffs’ Institute at the FBI Academy,” said Alix McLearen, acting director of the National Institute of Corrections, in the release. “The Academy provides a rich learning environment for our nation’s sheriffs to exchange ideas with one another, interact with faculty, and be exposed to various speakers, including FBI faculty,” McLearen pointed out in the release.

The NSI has two courses of study, the release explains: “the NSI Leadership Development course, which prepares first-term sheriffs for success in office and strengthens the leadership skills of elected sheriffs”; and the NSI Jail Administration course, which enhances the sheriffs’ knowledge of their responsibilities in leading the operations of a correctional facility.”

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