Welcome to NSA 2018!

New event added: Corrections and Detentions Jail Training Day

A jail training day designed just for corrections and detention personnel.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th from 9:00am to 5:00pm

You do not have to register for the entire conference.  Use Promo Code NSA18jails when registering.

For those not registered for the conference, the one-day fee for the Corrections and Detentions Jail Training Day is $99

Learn more and view the day's agenda here.

Register using promo code NSA18jails. 

View the most recent version of the agenda [UPDATED 06/06/2018]

Join us in New Orleans, LA on June 15-19, 2018, for the Annual Education and Technology Expo! 

The NSA Annual Conference and Exhibition is one of the largest of its kind and displays products and equipment relevant to every facet of police work, jails, prisoner transport, and courtroom security. Exhibitors, therefore, contribute in large measure to the overall success of the conference. There are also over 60 seminars and workshops covering all aspects of the duties and responsibilities for sheriffs’ offices, including, but not limited to law enforcement, jail operations, service of process, transportation of prisoners, and court & judicial security.

Special thanks to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau! 
Check out their special site filled with things to do while in New Orleans!

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Program

Monday – Tuesday, June 18 - 19, 2018 (8:00am – 4:00pm)
The ARIDE Program will be offered during the NSA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ed Hutchison at ehutchison@sheriffs.org.

This year's ARIDE course is generously sponsored by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and Lyft.

Pre-Registration is required through NSA's conference registration site

ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification(DEC/DRE)Program.

The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, while the DEC/DRE program provides more advanced training to evaluate suspected drug impairment. The SFST assessment is typically employed at roadside, while an officer trained as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) through the DEC program conducts a 12-step evaluation in a more controlled environment such as a jail or a detention facility.

ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DEC/DRE programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs in states that have the DEC Program. One of the more significant aspects of ARIDE is the required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirement. The ARIDE program stresses the importance of the signs and symptoms of the seven drug categories. This course will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities. This course will educate other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, judges, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, to enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities.

ARIDE is a 16-hour training course and is taught by DRE instructors. The following summarizes the sessions contained in the ARIDE course:

  • Introduction and Overview of Drugs and Highway Safety
  • SFST Update, Review and Proficiency Examination
  • Observations of Eyes and other Sobriety Tests to Detect Alcohol and Drug Impairment
  • Seven Drug Categories
  • Effects of Drug Combinations
  • Pre-and Post-Arrest Procedures

The training will be conducted under the administration and approval of the DEC/DRE program state coordinator.

The ARIDE-course can be used as an SFST update. This course is designed to build on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. In order for the participant to effectively utilize the information presented in this course, NHTSA has set a prerequisite of SFST proficiency. The participant will receive a short review and update. All participants are required to pass an SFST proficiency evaluation. Failure to success- fully complete the SFST proficiency evaluation will result in dismissal from class.


  • All participants MUST be SFST proficient.
  • Must pass an SFST Proficiency and Course Assessment.


  • Complete ARIDE training registration form.
  • There is NO registration fee for the ARIDE Course. The program is provided through grant funds from the Department of Transportation.
  • Training is eligible for CEU’s.

Save money by registering early!


(PRIOR TO 1/13/2018)

(PRIOR TO 5/15/2018)

(ON OR AFTER 5/15/2018)

Member FULL Registration (law enforcement, support staff, etc.) $450 $595 $695
Non-Member FULL Registration (law enforcement, support staff, etc.) $595 $685 $785
Spouse/Child(ren)/Significant Other Registration $175 $210 $310
Additional people from your agency  $175 $210 $310


Additional banquet ticket ONLY $85 $100 $135
Prayer Breakfast (limited to 200 registrants) $15 $15 $25


Registration is now open! Register today at https://nsasummer.voicehive.com
You can now book your hotel reservations for June 2018! Click here to reserve your rooms today - https://aws.passkey.com/go/NSA2018
Reserve by May 23rd for guaranteed lodging.
Rental Car Discount
Avis has generously extended a discount to Annual Expo attendees! Reserve your rental car today and take advantage of the discount!
Airport Shuttle Discount
The Airport Shuttle New Orleans has created a discounted shuttle service for Annual Expo attendees. 

There are a few simple rules—

  • In order to be able to book travel online you must book at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time.
  • The group has been set up to book online so you can both make and change your existing reservation online.
  • The discount only applies to reservations made through this web portal — if not the discount doesn’t apply.
  • Please see the linked information sheet for shuttle locations at the New Orleans Airport.
Delta Discount
We have arranged a special discount with Delta Airlines to provide specially priced fares to our Annual Conference in New Orleans, based on the Delta Booking Classes listed below:
  • Classes F / J / C / D / Y / P / I: 10% Discount
  • Classes B / M / H / Q / K / L: 5% Discount
  • Classes U / T / V / X: 2% Discount

Reservations and ticketing is available via www.delta.com/meetings or by calling the Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111. When booking online at www.delta.com/meetings, select 'Book Your Flight' and enter your Meeting Code [NMQKJ] in the box provided.

Stay Connected
Join the social media conversation by including the hashtag #Sheriffs2018 in all of your TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram posts!

Contact Ross Mirmelstein at rmirmel@sheriffs.org or (703) 838-5321!

NOTICE: Unauthorized Companies Soliciting Services for NSA Conferences
We understand that our exhibitors and sponsors have been inundated with phone calls and emails from fraudulent companies claiming to represent the National Sheriffs’ Association. We are making changes to the way we publish our exhibiting companies’ information to help reduce those unwanted contacts. Please be assured that the following are the only currently approved vendors with regard to our annual conferences. If you are contacted by any other company claiming to represent the National Sheriffs’ Association, please check with us before doing business with them.

Tradeshow Logic – Exhibit Sales
The YGS Group – Advertising, Sponsorship & Corporate Partnership
Voice Hive – Registration Contractor
Orchid Event Solutions – Housing Contractor
Brede Exposition Service – General Service Contractor
Convention Strategy Group – Lead Retrieval Contractor
Liberty CFS NV, Inc. – Official Freight Carrier
CEAVCO Audio Visual Company – Official Audio Visual Contractor
Convention Plant Designs – Official Plant-Flower Contractor
Rainprotection Insurance – Exhibitor Liability Insurance (for those who don’t already have it)