Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association

Alexandria, VA 22307


About Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association


1602 Belle View Blvd, 5100
Alexandria, VA 22307
(571) 758-4170

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The Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association (SRLEEA) is the only 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated solely to supporting and promoting law enforcement executives and agencies that serve small, rural & tribal communities across America. SRLEEA will only focus on the concerns and needs of small, rural & tribal agencies so we strongly encourage you to maintain your membership and relations with your state association and any other specific law enforcement associations you may belong, including the large national associations like the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Native American Law Enforcement Association or the National Sheriffs Association. They all offer a level of support and resources that could benefit you and your agency. Together we are all stronger.

How we define Small, Rural & Tribal:

Small – Any agency with 100 or less sworn employees

Rural – Any agency serving a community with a population of less than 200 people per square mile. (based on the U.S. Census Bureau)

Tribal – Any federally recognized agency serving a tribal community, band, nation, or other organized group or community of indigenous people of North America, including any Alaska Native village.

SRLEEA is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of small, rural & tribal communities. Much of our work is through innovative law enforcement leadership and is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government, departmental agencies and other nonprofit associations.

Our programs span a wide range of disciplines that address a multitude of concerns in our criminal justice system. We also participate in the creation and advancement of vital legislative and public policy initiatives that affect small, rural and tribal agencies. 

Our mission is simple – strengthen, unite and raise the capacity of small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives and their agencies.

Our Goals

  • Promote a national forum to exchange ideas and innovative practices among small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives.

  • Collaborate with all potential criminal justice partners, governmental or private, to assist small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives in their roles as community leaders.

  • Provide timely and effective technical assistance to small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives and other allied law enforcement professionals in all areas of criminal justice.

  • Offer small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives access to state-of-the-art technology to increase the law enforcement function’s effectiveness.

  • Serve as an advocate for small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives concerning emerging issues of concern for justice administration.

  • Impart small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives with traditional training and education while identifying pioneering practices to improve the criminal justice system.

  • Advocate for the needs of small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives by maintaining relationships with legislative, executive, and judicial officials on a local, state, tribal, national, and international level.

  • Strengthen partnership development, communication, and leadership by serving as a model organization for small, rural & tribal law enforcement executives.

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Standing Up for Small, Rural and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

July 26, 2022
Small, rural and tribal law enforcement executives have been underrepresented in, if not entirely left out of, national discussions regarding law enforcement needs and challenges.

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A Big Challenge for Small Agencies

April 20, 2022
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Examining the changes from 2020 to 2021—for better or worse.
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Officer Safety and Wellness on Tribal Lands

July 15, 2021
Patrolling Indian reservations comes with numerous challenges and risks and law enforcement leaders are working to find ways to keep their officers healthy and safe.

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