Nashville, Tennessee - Today marks the beginning of the 2012 National Sheriffs' Association's Annual Conference in Nashville. A gathering of the nation's sheriffs, deputies, like minded law enforcement professionals and one peculiar looking bird — Eddie Eagle.
"A majority of the Sheriffs are already familiar with the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program," said NRA National Program Manager Eric Lipp. "We'll stop by to see them, check if they need any new supplies and introduce any new Sheriffs to the program."
The NRA's Eddie Eagle program has introduced more than 25 million children to his lifesaving message. When you see a gun, STOP! DON’T TOUCH. LEAVE THE AREA. TELL AN ADULT.
"Some people get sheriffs and police officers confused," said Lipp. "The main thing you have to remember about sheriffs is that they run the jails, man the courts, serve subpenas and in a lot of cases, for the small towns, they are the only law enforcement official around."
The National Sheriffs' Association Conference holds seminars and workshops on sheriff related subjects such as Law Enforcement, Jail Operations, Service of Process, Transportation of Prisoners, and Court & Judicial Security. In between those seminars and workshops, attendees have the opportunity to visit one of the few hundred booths — like the one manned by Eric and Eddie Eagle.
"It should be a productive couple of days. We'll touch down on Sunday, set up operations and get down to business. There's a lot to do and a lot of sheriffs throughout the US that are waiting to hear the word."