The LECC (Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee) was established on July 21, 1981 in all 94 U.S. Attorney's Offices by order of the U.S. Attorney General. LECC provides a networking focus for law enforcement executives committed to the ideal of cooperation and coordination at all levels of local, state and federal law enforcement.
Facilitation of communications is supported through committees and joint operations. The informal contacts made on these occasions substantially contribute to subsequent problem solving. Police chiefs and sheriffs are brought together with state and federal enforcers, regulators and prosecutors. This approach to problem solving has resulted in a number of task force operations directed at myriad violations of federal statutes ranging from narcotics to white collar crime.
In addition, the LECC sponsors, or co-sponsors, no or low-cost training seminars addressing various subjects pertinent to law enforcement officials. These seminars are made available to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Topics include asset forfeiture and equitable sharing, gang activities, clandestine laboratories, OCDETF (Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force) investigations and prosecutions, and other contemporary issues.
In recent years, the role of the Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) has been expanded to include building and enhancing partnerships with the communities within each district. Law enforcement is heavily involved in community policing and problem-solving strategies . DOJ initiatives such as Project Safe Neighborhoods, Project Safe Childhood, Human Trafficking, Anti-Terrorism, Anti-Gang, and Hate Crimes flourish because of community involvement. The LEC and the National Security Specialist work closely with the U.S. Attorney in building relationships with established and developing communities including local government, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, community leaders, businesses, residents, youth, and concerned others.
Law Enforcement Officer Safety Initiative
In the wake of an increase in law enforcement officer fatalities, Attorney General Eric Holder launched a law enforcement officer safety initiative in March 2011, directing every U.S. Attorney to meet with federal, state and local law enforcement officials in their districts to ensure the department’s resources are made available to help stem officer deaths.
Local prosecutors were asked to identify the “worst of the worst” – offenders with criminal histories who cycle in and out of local jails and state prisons – and discuss whether any of these repeat offenders may be prosecuted under federal law for offenses that make the offender eligible for a stiffer sentence.
State and local law enforcement partners were fully informed about the resources that the department makes available to help protect officers. DOJ has developed a number of programs to help state and local law enforcement partners protect their officers, including:
VALOR – Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability – the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s national training initiative to improve the safety of our officers. As part of the VALOR Initiative, a new officer safety website has been established on the secure servers of the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS). This site has been designed to serve as a secure “one stop shop” for law enforcement to access all types of officer safety-related information, including awareness materials, videos, information on armed and dangerous subjects, information on concealment methods and a training calendar.
RISSafe Officer Safety Event Deconfliction System, which the Bureau of Justice Assistance established to share information on planned law enforcement events – such as raids, controlled buy operations, surveillance and warrant service actions – to identify and alert affected agencies and officers of potential conflicts on a 24/7 basis.
Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), which provides reimbursement for law enforcement agencies that purchased vests that meet program criteria.
A new Bureau of Justice Assistance law enforcement officer safety “toolkit,” was developedhat can be used by federal, state and local law enforcement leaders to learn more about the resources that have been made available to promote officer safety, including training, deconfliction services, funding and other information resources.
U.S. Attorney’s were asked to ensure that all federal task forces are making effective use of deconfliction systems. In addition to the case deconfliction that federal task forces use, the Attorney General directed all federally-supported task forces to utilize event deconfliction services provided by the department through RISS.