In the summer of 1981, the U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime, a bipartisan group of distinguished national criminal justice experts tasked with examining federal, state and local law enforcement needs, recommended that the Attorney General establish a forum to enhance communication at all levels of law enforcement. In response, 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 system within a federal judicial district.
To facilitate the formation of programs within the districts, Congress created the Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) position in 1986. The LEC represents the U.S. Attorney by participating on law enforcement panels, local and statewide committees, and law enforcement task forces. The LEC works with the U.S. Attorney to set priorities and identify needs, activities, committees and task forces for the District's law enforcement program based on the LEC's close contact, involvement and participation with the District's law enforcement community.
The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of California has developed a vigorous cooperative program with local and state agencies in the District. Our successes and achievements during this period are directly related to the cooperative spirit and the progressiveness of our District's law enforcement community. The USAO has strived to be responsive to the needs of our federal, state, and local agencies, especially the rural agencies that make up the bulk of our law enforcement population.
In 1996, in a further effort to enhance relationships among our agencies, the U.S. Attorney began holding annual District Law Enforcement Summits to ensure that our federal, state, and local law enforcement executives would have a regular opportunity to meet and discuss District law enforcement needs and concerns. In addition, the U.S. Attorney formed an Executive Committee that includes Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, state and federal agency heads, POST, and Directors of California criminal justice associations. This committee assists the U.S. Attorney in planning various USAO sponsored activities and serves as the adviser on matters that impact local and state law enforcement within the District.
The U.S. Attorney's law enforcement program includes training, program development and facilitation, project assistance, assistance with writing and acquiring federal grants, and the coordination and distribution of information. The LEC serves as the District's permanent liaison with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is an active member of national and local law enforcement associations and organizations, and promotes coordination and cooperation among those agencies. When requested, the LEC servers as an ombudsman to District law enforcement agencies.