Well, I lost my “re-election” bid so I am refocusing on my efforts to promote Police Dynamics and my position as Director of the Sheriff’s Institute for Credible Leadership Development. We were honored to receive the endorsement of Sheriff Greg Champagne, the newly inducted President of the National Sheriff’s Association, as his primary priority:


Sheriff Greg Champagne

“First and foremost, I will be aggressively promoting NSA’s partnership with the International Academy of Public Safety and the new leadership and ethics courses that we have endorsed and offer to all sheriffs. While these are tough times for law enforcement, we have to be open to new ideas and ways of doing business to continue to build and reinforce the trust we enjoy in our counties and parishes. I urge all sheriffs to take a good, hard look at this training program. It will be one of the best initiatives you will ever undertake.”
Sheriff Greg Champagne
St. Charles Parrish, LA

Category: ICLD

Seasoned law enforcement leaders recognize that there is an intricate link between officer morale and performance. Consequently, the morale of any law enforcement agency impacts the crime rate.

Those of us in police leadership must be actively engaged in showing our police officers, deputy sheriffs, and correctional officers that they are appreciated, encouraged, and motivated to fight crime and maintain the law, order, health, safety, and morals of their communities, whether on the streets or inside the detention facility. Making the Character Connection by praising them for the character quality that produced outstanding achievement is an excellent way of improving morale and fighting crime. Remember,

“Failure to Motivate Is Failure to Lead.”

Yes, you read that right! I am coming out of “retirement” to run for Sheriff again. As crazy as it sounds, I spent about 9 months in prayerful consideration and feel compelled to do this again.

There are two primary factors that led me to this decision. First, the Homicide Rate in Dorchester County has sky-rocketed since I left office in 2009. We are now twice the state average in one of the most violent states in America. Second, the number of current and former deputies who are calling me back into service. Morale is frighteningly low with a correspondent high turnover rate. Deputies are leaving in droves and dozens have reached out to encourage me to re-enter the fray.

Homicide Chart 2

SOURCES: CivicDashboards.com, FBI, Post & Courier

When I was in Office, we implemented the crime-fighting strategies and leadership principles of Police Dynamics to keep crime low and morale high. So, here I am running around the country, and internationally, teaching these principles that we know really work, while my home county is struggling.

I am asking my colleagues, supporters, and Police Dynamics students to join me in this effort. Every campaign needs finances to run on, and we are no exception. So, if you feel led to do so, I encourage you to go to our campaign website at SheriffRayNash.com where you can sign up for updates, volunteer, or donate. All donations are welcome, no matter how small.

But more than that, I would really need a short endorsement from you. Just 4 or 5 lines of why you think I would make a good Sheriff or how my teachings have impacted you.

Here is our first internet-based ad. Please let me hear from you soon…


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These two videos are part of a series on the History of the Office of Sheriff and the Constitutional Authority of Elected Executives. Recorded at the 2016 SC Tea Party Coalition Conference at Myrtle Beach, I explore the Common Law history of the Office and the authority that has been vested in constitutional officers. It’s important for those of us in the law enforcement profession to know our roots and the foundation of our authority.

The International Academy of Public Safety is in the process of incorporating this curriculum into the Sheriff’s Institute for Credible Leadership Development, the online leadership academy of the National Sheriff’s Association.

Mitch Javidi (President of the International Academy of Public Safety) and I had the privilege of presenting the Dynamics of Credible Leadership to a group of genuine American heroes from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. We appreciate Sheriff Dean‘s vision for bringing this training to his agency. Here are some of the outstanding evaluations we received from the participants:

  • I enjoyed the infusion of morality paired with people-centered change.

  • Excellent presenters. Great time with all of my co-workers.

  • Truly outstanding workshop. The best leadership training I have ever received.

  • This was a class that not only benefited me, but would be wonderful for my peers to get the same experience. (more…)

Category: ICLD

The Second Law of Thermodynamics, also known as the Law of Entropy, states that all matter and energy is in bondage to decay. It always tends toward greater levels of disorder and chaos. Our law enforcement organizations and communities are the same way. We have to invest time and energy to maintain order, establish peace, and prolong stability. This training segment discusses the Law of Entropy as it relates to police management and leadership theory.

Many thanks to Kaelan Patel for serving as my videographer during our “Kabul Reunion” at Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee.

Mitch Javidi - WI 2015I had the privilege of co-presenting the Dynamics of Credible Leadership for the Badger State Sheriff’s Association in Eau Claire, Wisconsin along with Dr. Mitch Javidi, President of the International Academy of Public Safety. Over 100 law enforcement leaders were in attendance.
Here are some of the comments from their evaluations:

  • Of all the supervisor training I have had, this was the most engaging and interesting style of presentations. I truly got a lot out of this workshop.

  • All employees, at some point in their career, should attend this training.

  • This training should be state required for everyone in the department.

  • For once I have no idea on how to make this training better. Great job guys!

  • Great presenters.  Very knowledgeable and genuinely cared about and believed in the materials presented. Thank you for your time and the care you put into it.

  • The speakers were very enthusiastic, punctual, and resourceful. (NOTE: Good use of character vocabulary…)

  • The presenters showed dedication and passion to developing leaders.

  • From 24 years of law enforcement (road & jail) this has been the most insightful course I have ever been in.

  • This is actually something outside the usual training I have received and can really use this with the people I supervise.  Thank you so much!


Category: ICLD

Enjoy this short video produced by the International Academy of Public Safety. We are putting the entire Police Dynamics curriculum into an online format, so stay tuned…

Since founding the Police Dynamics Institute in 1998, I have often been asked for a simple description of the training, and found it very difficult to come up with one. Essentially, a dynamic is a principle. And the best I can do is compare the character-based principles of Police Dynamics to some of the physical principles of the universe.

For example, the Law of Gravity impacts our relationships with the things that are around us. And a physical principle like gravity can’t be violated like you can violate a man-made law. And the Law of Gravity could care less whether you believe in it or not. It’s all about cause and effect. It’s the same reason I wear a seatbelt in my car. I know that if I am in a collision, the Law of Linear Motion, Newton’s First Law, will cause my body to continue going forward, at whatever speed I happen to be traveling. Since that would not be a pleasurable experience, I choose to buckle up to bring my body into harmony with that principle.

The principles of Police Dynamics are similar, but they differ on two important points. They do not deal with our relationships with things, but our relationships with people. And the causes and effects attached to these principles are much more difficult to discern. So we must dig deep and go below the surface to enhance our understanding. Then we can make good choices to bring our lives, our agencies, and our communities into harmony with these principles.

Category: Police Dynamics

In this short video recorded at a recent Police Dynamics conference hosted by the Brownsburg, IN Police Department, I emphasize that fact that failure to clearly articulate a standard is a leadership failure. Then explore the definition of the character-based standard of Obedience.

Quickly fulfilling the expectations of my authorities while guarding my attitude.

The first part of E5 Leadership is to Establish the Standard. Standards in the law enforcement profession tend to be performance, behavior, or achievement-based standards. But Credible Leadership requires that we establish character-based standards. The second step in E5 Leadership is to Embrace the Standard. This has to do with communicating the standard at every level. The character-based standard should be reinforced through selection, training, officer recognition, promotion, discipline, terminations, critical incident debriefings and every other aspect you can think of.

To learn more about the character quality of Obedience as it applies to a law enforcement agency, click on the pdf below…Obedience Bulletin_3

Source: Character First, Oklahoma City, OK


Sheriff Greco Addresses his Frontline Supervisors

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff Lonnie Greco, is setting  a high standard in support of ethical leadership. One of the first law enforcement agencies in the State of Louisiana to adopt the Sheriff’s Institute for Credible Leadership Development, PPSO takes its commitment that “Every Officer Is a Leader” very seriously.

Sheriff Ray Nash

I recently had the opportunity to provide Police Dynamics training to first-line supervisors and spend some quality time with Sheriff Greco. He is to be commended for his commitment to promoting good character and ethical leadership throughout his organization and for setting a good example for other law enforcement agencies to follow.

Interestingly, the venue for the training was a local library which featured a “superhero” theme for its summer reading program as you can see from the posters on the walls. I was grateful for the opportunity to interact with some REAL superheroes, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Deputies…! IMG_3887

Category: Police Dynamics

Sheriff Ray Nash

Sheriff Ray Nash

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What Law Enforcement and Community Leaders Are Saying About Police Dynamics

“A few years ago, we brought the Police Dynamics program to the Cincinnati Police Division and were most impressed with the quality of the training and richness of the program.”
Mike Daly
Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

"I have attended training conducted by the Police Dynamics Institute in the past and know Ray Nash both personally and professionally. They have my whole-hearted endorsement…"
Sheriff Larry Williams
Orangeburg, SC

"I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this website. I was introduced to your video on the Dynamics of Authority through my father who is a police chaplain for the FBI and local law enforcement agencies here in Las Cruces. I have taught and applied the Dynamics model to my students when I was a teacher, and now to my department as a fire fighter."
Nathan Carr
Las Cruces Fire Dept.

“One of the greatest seminars I have ever attended in the 33 years I’ve been a Deputy.”
Walter Bolinger
Marion County Sheriff’s Office, IN

"I was so impressed by the (Police Dynamics) program that I purchased your video tape series. All Grand County Sheriff’s Employees subsequently viewed the tapes, and I have also mandated that all new Sheriff’s Employees watch it as well."
Glen Trainor
Grand County Sheriff’s Office

"It is with much enthusiasm that I encourage senior law enforcement executives to make attending the Police Dynamics seminar a key training priority for your agency."
DeWayne Beggs
Cleveland County, OK
former 2nd VP - National Sheriff's Association

"I am convinced of the benefits of the Police Dynamics program."
Jerry Martin
Delores County, CO
former Pres - County Sheriff's of Colorado

"Honestly, I’ve not been more impressed with a police training that I’ve attended in the last 20 years..."
Tom McClain
Chief of Police
Willard, MO

"I am a firm believer that Police Dynamics and Character First! equip the men and women that work for the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Office to do their job and do it better."
John Whetsel
Oklahoma County, OK

"If you believe that good character is an essential element in policing, you will want to send your key staff to Police Dynamics."
David Williams
Tarrant County, TX

"In the three years prior to our character initiative, we had 42 labor and employee grievances, and seven different lawsuits. In the three years since we put the character initiative in place, we have had two grievances and no lawsuits from employees. I think that, in and of itself, is significant."
Rodney Ray
City Manager
Owasso, OK

"This course was one of the best training sessions that I’ve been through. This concept will benefit me and the staff in my division."
Police Dynamics participant

[We have] more awareness of the preventative benefits of a character initiative as opposed to the typical reactive approach to situations. There is a sense of excitement by organization leaders as they begin to see a change in their culture. Bob Powell
Character Council
Fort Collins, CO

"[The Police Dynamics training] brings us closer together, more like a family … it reminds us of why we’re out there and what it’s about.”
Captain John Decker
Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, SC

"This class gave me the vocabulary that I have been looking for to praise and motivate my employees."
Police Dynamics participant

"We’ve built a much better relationship with each other. We’ve seen a decrease in complaints. We’ve become a family instead of a place to work."
Sheriff Howie Godwin
Highlands County, FL

“This shows us a new approach to recognize employees’ character traits - and to acknowledge them for those good traits versus, 'You did an excellent job…' It’s some fresh ideas in an area that we probably all need to change."
Major P.D. Taylor
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

"The Police Dynamics training that Ray Nash brought teaches the things that are at the core of being a good police officer – being trustworthy, being of good character…"
Sgt. Julie Shearer
Cincinnati Police Div.

“In the Police Dynamics training seminar, the officers are able to set a standard in their own lives of the kind of character they want to see in their community."
Chaplain Carl Nelson
Colorado Springs Police Department

"Character is the solution to the real problem in our community of crime. Character supplies the answer."
Hon. F.A. Schad
Former Judge
Burleson, TX

“I want you to know that my international and national career was very much influenced by your lessons and knowing you was of paramount importance for my job and career. Many Romanian police officers are grateful to you and to Character training."
Teofil Parasca
Assistant Superintendent
Arad County Police

"I would like to work more toward management by principles instead of rules – with an emphasis on character and guiding principles."
Chief Lynn Williams
Chickasha, OK

“We need to return to our basic character traits that made this country great. Ray Nash has the program to do it."
Police Dynamics participant

"This shows us a new approach to recognize those employees’ character traits and to recognize and acknowledge them for those good traits versus, “You did an excellent job…” It’s some fresh ideas in an area that we probably all need to change."
Major P.D. Taylor
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

"In the three years prior to our character initiative, we had 42 labor and employee grievances, and seven different lawsuits. In the three years since we put the character initiative in place, we have had two grievances and no lawsuits from employees. I think that, in and of itself, is significant."
Rodney Ray
City Manager
Owasso, OK

"Absolutely fantastic! It reminded me of why I wanted to be a peace officer."
Police Dynamics participant

"the finest value-added training anywhere."
Sheriff David Williams
Tarrant County, TX

"We continue to benefit from your teaching and hire with a strong emphasis on character."
Chief Tom McClain
Willard, MO

"Once again, I feel absolutely indebted to you for the program you have developed and your desire to change the world through the building of better law enforcement officers."
Glen P. Trainor
Grand County, CO

"Sheriff Ray Nash is an internationally recognized speaker that you and your staff will learn powerful principles from, while enjoying the lesson."
DeWayne Beggs
Cleveland County, OK

"Very comprehensive, a great resource manual for the future. The seminar was dynamic in every way. What a great resource for people throughout their day-to-day routines.”
Doug Carter
Indiana State Police