Major County Sheriffs’ Association Endorses IADLEST National Certification Program

Major County Sheriffs’ Association Endorses IADLEST National Certification Program

May 3, 2016

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MERIDIAN, IDAHO – The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) announced today that the Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA) has endorsed the law enforcement training National Certification Program (NCP), which was launched ten months ago by IADLEST. The NCP was created with the primary goal of improving the quality of training provided to law enforcement officers.

The MCSA represents sheriff’s departments serving counties or parishes with populations of 500,000 or more. As an organization dedicated to the integrity of law enforcement, the MCSA works to identify and solve the contemporary challenges facing law enforcement officers and to promote strategies which address future problems through legislative action and innovative education. Established in 1998 with a guiding principle that law enforcement and criminal justice organizations benefit by having a forum in which to share ideas, concepts, and resources, the MCSA facilitates that vision by serving as a law enforcement information gathering resource.

Launched in June 2015, with the support of Envisage Technologies, the NCP is a revolutionary program designed to enhance standardization and quality within police training. The NCP sets minimum standards for vendors that provide continuing education to the law enforcement community and ensures training content meets those quality standards. NCP standards are designed to meet or exceed individual state certification requirements ensuring that NCP-certified training will be accepted by all participating POST organizations in the United States. By compiling certified courses into a national training catalog, the NCP fundamentally improves access to quality training, reduces costs, and improves training efficiency. Envisage Technologies provides the technical framework for the program and offers NCP-certified training through its FirstForward training network.

“As an association dedicated to the continuing education of our members, we are very happy to embrace a new, and very high standard, for law enforcement training,” said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, President of the MCSA. “The NCP seal will make it easier to select training programs that we know have been critically examined in order to meet the threshold required for NCP endorsement.”

“IADLEST is pleased that the Major County Sheriffs’ Association has endorsed this program that is raising the standard for all certified law enforcement training programs in the nation,” stated Mike Becar, Executive Director of IADLEST. “The MCSA realizes that the NCP seal on any training course means not only that the training is of the highest quality, but also that that training will be accepted in their individual state for continuing education credit.”

“The NCP is a fundamental shift in how departments access training for their deputies and officers,” added Ari Vidali, Envisage Founder & CEO. “By providing a seal of quality departments can trust, IADLEST has created the nation’s first benchmark standard for what constitutes good training. We are deeply honored to be a part of this sea change that will improve access to quality training for all of our officers.”

The MCSA is the first national law enforcement association to endorse the NCP. Currently, the NCP is endorsed and supported by law enforcement organizations across 33 states.


About the Major County Sheriffs’ Association
The Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA) is a professional law enforcement association of elected sheriffs representing counties or parishes with 500,000 population or more. We are dedicated to preserving the highest integrity in law enforcement and the elected Office of the Sheriff. Our membership represents over 100 million Americans. Further information about MCSA can be found at target=”_blank”>

The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) is an international organization of training managers and executives dedicated to the improvement of public safety personnel. IADLEST serves as the national forum of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) agencies, boards, and commissions as well as statewide training academies throughout the United States. For additional information, please visit

About Envisage Technologies
Envisage is a software company founded in 2001 to automate the complex training operations for law enforcement, first responders, and the military. We create solutions that make our world a safer place. Our mission is to improve the readiness of our nation’s public safety professionals to ensure they come home alive. The company’s Acadis training and compliance software platform leads the industry, serving over one million first responders across 8,600 public safety organizations, including both federal and state agencies. Learn more at

About FirstForward
FirstForward provides critical news and enables the lifelong learning that public safety personnel need to ensure their careers reach retirement. FirstForward maintains the complete training history of courses completed on the site and provides a forum for industry professionals and experts to discuss best practices and the latest public safety techniques, tactics and resources necessary to safely execute the job. Law enforcement officers, first responders, and other public safety personnel may sign up for access at