In 1981, the U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime, a bipartisan group of national criminal justice experts tasked with examining federal, states, and local law enforcement needs, recommended that the Attorney General establish a forum to enhance communication at all levels of law enforcement. In turn, the Attorney General formed the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) for the purpose of improving coordination and cooperation among law enforcement agencies to enhance the effectiveness of the criminal justice systems within a federal judicial district.
In 1986, Congress created the Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) position in individual U.S. Attorney's Offices. The LEC in the Middle District of Pennsylvania represents the U.S. Attorney and the office by participating on law enforcement panels, local and statewide committees, law enforcement task forces, and the coordination of training programs.
As part of its LECC activities, the office maintains regular contacts and working relationships with the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the District Attorney’s Offices and local police departments in the Middle District. Attorneys in the State Attorney General’s Office and several County District Attorney’s Offices serve as Special Assistant United States Attorneys in prosecutions of drug organizations, criminal gangs and health care fraud in federal court.
Through our office’s criminal asset forfeiture program and the efforts of federal law enforcement agencies, money and other property used in criminal activities are shared with state and local law enforcement agencies participating in investigations that result in forfeitures.
Our office also prepares and distributes periodically a newsletter of items of current interest to state and local law enforcement agencies in the District.