In the summer of 1981, the Attorney General’s Task Force on Violent Crime, a bi-partisan group ofnational criminal justice experts tasked with examining federal, state, and local law enforcement needs, recommended that the Attorney General establish a forum to enhance inter-agency communication at all levels of law enforcement. The Attorney General acted on that recommendation and formed the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) to improve coordination and cooperation among law enforcement agencies in an effort to enhance the effectiveness of the criminal justice system within each federal judicial district.
To facilitate the formation of the LECC program within the districts, Congress created the Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) position in 1986. The LEC represents the U.S. Attorney and the office on law enforcement panels, local and statewide committees, and law enforcement task forces. The LEC communicates with the U.S. Attorney or his designee to help set District priorities and to identify areas and projects in which the LEC shouldparticipate to further the goal of the LECC program.
Through the years, the LECC program has adapted to changing DOJ priorities and the varied and unique issues in each of the Districts. The primary mission of each coordinator is to enhance cooperation and coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement. More recently, this mission has expanded to helping local governments, non-profit organizations, service providers, and community groups to better serve their communities and constituents in high crime and economically depressed areas in each District.
In 2002, in the Northern District of Indiana, the LECC developed a “Keeping Our Communities Safe” Initiative where DOJ priority programs such as: Project Safe Neighborhoods, Project Safe Childhood, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, Asset Forfeiture, Identity Theft, Drug Demand Reduction and others were all combined under this one comprehensive strategy.
For further information on the LECC Program or U.S. Attorney's Office, please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 219-937-5500.