The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association is a nonprofit educational and service organization comprised of the 92 county sheriffs, their deputies and other law-abiding citizens throughout the state. The association was formed for the purpose of providing assistance to sheriffs, their deputies and other department personnel, thereby enabling them to improve the delivery of law enforcement services to the citizens of this state.
The association advocates and supports the need for better and continued training of all law enforcement officers. The association continually sponsors and provides both training and educational programs for sheriffs and deputies throughout the state.
One of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association’s educational programs is an annual summer leadership camp provided for boys and girls who have completed the seventh and eighth grade of school. This program utilizes sheriffs and deputies as counselors and instructors to provide a better understanding of the duties of a law enforcement officer.
The association endeavors to improve the education and professionalism of the law enforcement service by awarding several college scholarships annually to qualified students who desire to attain a degree in the field of criminal justice. The scholarship program is administered by a committee made up of sheriffs, deputy sheriffs and college administrators within the state. The scholarship recipients are selected from four geographic areas of the state. Contributions to the scholarship fund enable it to accumulate sufficient assets to continue the program.