It is that time of year again to renew your membership in WSSA, if you haven’t already done so, and if you are a first time member I encourage you to join with Sheriffs from the 15 Western Regional States.
WSSA has been very active this year with issues dealing with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. As you know, land management and cooperative law enforcement have been a long standing issue with Counties and Sheriff’s Offices, and because of the efforts of the Association, our interests have been protected.
WSSA has been proactive on the Second Amendment by adopting a resolution and position statement supporting the Constitutional Amendment. More work must be done to address Border Security and Immigration issues .and impact of PREA and Inmate Phone System regulations. The President’s Executive Order to severely diminish the 1033 Surplus property program and the Assault on Law Enforcement continue to be of special interest affecting the Office of Sheriff.
One of the most important issues WSSA is combating is the “Encroachment” upon the Office of Sheriff, and the efforts to diminish the Authority and Effectiveness of the only Law Enforcement Office that represents the People. That is why I believe that it is Imperative that we, as Sheriffs join together as one collective voice to protect the Office through the strength of our membership.
These and other important issues affecting the Office will be taken up at our annual conference and business meeting this year at the Peppermill Hotel/Convention Center in Reno NV. Again I encourage you to renew or join WSSA and be engaged in all of our efforts.
James F. Pond