Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton recently traveled to Colorado to participate in the 108th National Sheriff's Institute, a national development program for sheriffs.

At the program, held Aug. 31-Sept. 4 in Aurora, Trafton joined 26 other sheriffs from across the country for training on current issues sheriffs are facing. Throughout the training, Trafton explored the role of a local sheriff in providing effective leadership in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations and organization effectiveness and efficiency.

“Sheriff Trafton is a leader with vision for the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office,” Hilary Burgess, National Sheriff's Association manager of training, said. “It is an honor to have Sheriff Trafton join the more than 2,500 graduates of the NSI since 1973.”

The National Sheriff's Institute is a no-cost program co-sponsored by National Institute of Corrections and National Sheriff's Association.

A division of the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Prisons, National Institute of Corrections is the primary federal source of technical assistance, training and information services for state and local corrections.

The NSA is a nonprofit professional association that represents almost 3,100 elected sheriffs across the country. As an organization, NSA provides management training for sheriffs and their personnel in court security, crime victim services, domestic violence, homeland security initiatives, jail operations and traffic safety. The group also administers National Neighborhood Watch and Triad programs.