It is a great honor to have the opportunity to serve as the 2017 President of the Kansas Sheriff's Association. I am truly humbled to help represent the Sheriffs of the great state of Kansas.
The last three years have been a challenging time for the law enforcement profession. Law enforcement has been portrayed in a negative light in the national media. We have seen fellow officers killed for no reason, other than because of the uniform they wear. Despite these incidents which have gained national attention, the Kansas law men and women continue to put on their uniform each day and serve their communities with respect, compassion and integrity.
We are grateful to be serving the people of Kansas. Since 1861, the Sheriff was the beginning of local law enforcement. Over the last 156 years, the tradition of the Sheriff continues today, working with the community to address public concerns.
Each Sheriff's office is only as good as the communication it has with the people it represents. As Sheriffs, we are committed to the communities we serve not only professionally but personally. Off duty you may see us coaching children at a sport, serving in churches, helping as a Big Brother or Big Bister, working with Special Olympics, involved in different civic groups, ringing bells for the Salvation Army or most importantly as a fellow parent, grandparent or neighbor. I write this as a reminder we are citizens who care about our community just as you do.
The Kansas Sheriff's Association was formed with the intent to bring all Sheriffs together. The Association provides many benefits to our members, such as legislative support, to address needs in our communities; professional training; death benefits at the time of loss; and scholarships to member's children to educate our future leaders.
As the 2017 president of the Kansas Sheriff's Association, my goal is to continue to provide valuable training and programs for our members to assist them in providing the professional law enforcement services our communities have come to expect and deserve.
Sheriff Jeffrey A. Cope