During this year’s Fall Virginia Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Newport News, two representatives from the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) spoke to Virginia Sheriffs about one of its programs, All Hazards Community Awareness and Partnership Training. This program has been presented throughout the country, including for this year’s National Sheriffs’ Association President, Sheriff B.J. Roberts of Hampton, Virginia.
The program’s objective is citizen preparedness in case of a catastrophic event, whether that be the result of an industrial incident, a natural disaster, or a terrorist threat. The program’s target audience is all community members that we serve, including members of neighborhood watch groups, business, and civic leaders.
In a catastrophic event, we know that law enforcement and first responders will be burdened with many job tasks. The All Hazards Community Awareness and Partnership Training program is designed to lessen an event’s impact for citizens until law enforcement and other responders are available to assist.
The program’s uniqueness tailors it for the individual jurisdiction, and the program can only be hosted by the Sheriff.
This training is given at no cost to the requesting Sheriff and is funded through the US Department of Homeland Security.
For additional information please contact:
Mike Brown, Program Manager – National Sheriffs’ Association (571)238-2638
Lee Hart, (Virginia Sheriff, ret’d.), Instructor – National Sheriffs’ Association (540)718-2884
Don Driskill , Lead Instructor – National Sheriffs’ Association (443)762-1060