ABOUT THE LOUISIANA SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION
In 1938, a group of Louisiana sheriffs realized that they would need to formally
organize themselves into a cohesive group to specifically address issues related
to the office of sheriff and the changing times. They formed the Louisiana Sheriffs´ Association
to become a fervent voice for Louisiana´s chief law enforcement officers,
representing large and small, urban and rural offices across the state.
Louisiana Sheriffs are unique among their nationwide counterparts in three
distinct ways: each is the chief law enforcement officer; the chief executive
officer of the court; and the official tax collector for the parish in which he
has been elected.
The Louisiana Sheriffs´ Association comprises Louisiana´s 64 sheriffs and
14,000 deputy sheriffs. Its purpose is to maintain the powers of the sheriff as
peace officer, to ensure the delivery of first-rate services by sponsoring
legislation to promote the administration of criminal justice and to serve as a
clearinghouse for information.
The Association is governed by an executive committee, an executive board and a
President. The executive committee is comprised of the first and second vice
presidents, a secretary treasurer and a sergeant-at-arms. The larger executive
board is comprised of members and alternates elected from nine districts.
Working committees are appointed by the President and undertake issues of
special interest to the Association and its´ members.
These issue areas include Legislative, Risk Management, Civil Law, Emergency Task Enforcement, Jails and Prisons, Juvenile
Incarceration, Jail Operation, Narcotics Education and Enforcement, Senior
Citizens, Law Enforcement Compensation, Tax Law, Unemployment Compensation,
Conferences, Contractual Services, and Alternate Financing.
The Louisiana Sheriffs´ Association administration is overseen by an executive
director. Administrative services include governmental affairs,
intergovernmental relations, media services and relations, public relations,
education and training, research and inquiry services, insurance programs, legal
information and opinions, special task forces, meeting facilities, grant
resources, membership services, crime prevention and public safety; publishing,
broadcasting, and community outreach.
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