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Sheriff Pat Eliasen Completes 113th Session of National Sheriffs’ Institute

Sep 22, 2017 05:54PM ● By Editor


CONTACT: Hilary Burgess, (703) 838-5320 [email protected] 

Aurora, Colorado — Sheriff Pat Eliasen of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office completed participation in the 113th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI) held in Aurora, Colorado, September 18-22, 2017. 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 Eliasen joined 29 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 Director of Professional Development, said, “Sheriff Eliasen is a leader with vision for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. It is an honor to have Sheriff Eliasen join the more than 2,800 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. 

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. 


Sheriff Pat Eliasen – Cook County, Sheriff Perryn Hedlund – Koochiching County, Sheriff Brian Smith – Kanabec County, Mentor and past participant Sheriff James Stuart – Anoka County, and Sheriff Shawn Larsen – Morrison County, were among just 30 Sheriffs chosen from across the country to attend the 113th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute in Colorado. Minnesota had four representatives in the elite class along with Sheriff Stuart who was sent as a past participant mentor.



Local contact: Valerie Marasco, Director – Cook County -Emergency Management & Public Information, 218-387-5366 or [email protected] 

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