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U.S. Sheriff’s Conference Ends With a Blast!

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The National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) in the United States held their 2012 annual conference at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee from June 16th - 20th

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The Highest Law Enforcement Officer

Sue Collins, member of the board of the UIHJ was in attendance. Keynote Speaker Eric Greitens, PhD., Author, Rhodes Scholar, Humanitarian, Navy SEAL, and Founder of “The Mission Continues", addressed the attendees during the opening session of the conference followed by many awards of distinction and merit.

The conference included committee meetings and association business.  Sixty seminars and workshops were given on many subjects concerning the work of the sheriffs. Topics on national security, jails, prisoner transport, the service of civil process, immigration, media relations and numerous other topics of interest were discussed during the five days of the conference.

Five-hundred (500) vendors displayed products to the sheriffs. Products and items on display included anything imaginable that the office of a sheriff may need to complete their duties.  Vehicles, command centers, weapons, uniforms and computer software were among some of the products displayed.  

The National Sheriffs' Association is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The NSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the criminal justice and public safety fields.  As of September 1, 2010, the NSA has more than 18,000 members.

In the United States, a sheriff is generally, but not always, the highest law enforcement officer of a county.  A sheriff is, in most cases, elected by the population of the county.
The elected sheriff is part of America's democratic society.  Of the 50 states, 48 have sheriffs. The two that do not are Alaska and Connecticut.

In 1776 Pennsylvania and New Jersey adopted the Office of Sheriff in their Constitution. The Ohio Constitution called for the election of the county sheriff in 1802, and then state-by-state, the democratic election of sheriff became not only a tradition, but in most states a constitutional requirement. In the United States today, of the 3083 sheriffs, approximately 98 percent are elected by the citizens of their counties or parishes.

Most sheriffs' offices have a law enforcement role, and their basic function dates back to the origins of the title in feudal England. Although the authority of the sheriff varies from state to state, a sheriff or his deputies, in general, has the power to make arrests within his or her own jurisdiction. Many sheriffs' offices also perform other functions such as traffic control and enforcement, accident investigations, and maintenance and transportation of prisoners. Larger departments may perform criminal investigations or engage in other specialized law enforcement activities. Some larger sheriff's departments may have aircraft or helicopters, canine units, mounted details, or water patrols at their disposal.


A Loud Boom

Around 8:15 pm on June 20th, 5,000 people, including the sheriffs who were attending the national conference, were evacuated after a gas leak caused a blast in the mechanical room of the hotel.  There was a loud boom and the whole building shook.  Sheriffs reported that the pipes across the hotel atrium swayed horizontally after the blast and the smell of gas spread through the building.

The explosion was strong enough that it destroyed one of the escalators and blew upward through the first floor into the second floor in the convention area. The affected area was reported to be the size of a football field.  According to a Metro police spokesman; natural gas got into a steam line in the mechanical room, and no foul play was suspected.  There were no injuries reported.

Hotel guests were bused to other locations while structural engineers examined the damage. Most of the sheriffs spent the night at the Grand Ole Opry and Convention Center and some camped out in their lawn chairs and cars. Guests were finally allowed to return to the hotel at about 3:15 a.m.  The Opryland hotel opened in 1977 and currently has 6 floors & 2,881 rooms.  Even though the convention ended with a “blast”, it was a great success.  Next year's conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Opening of the conference
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Gary Crowe, Fred Blum, Sue Collins, Craig Webre, Larry Yellon
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