The primary function of the Law Enforcement Coordinator in the St. Louis Office of the United States Attorney is outreach to the community and law enforcement agencies of the district. In the spirit of this mission, this office has specified several priority areas:
Training - The LECC certifies training for the annual Mid-State OCDETF Conference, as well as for other federal agencies. This training is accredited by the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. The Office also provides speakers for community service organizations, panels, forums and seminars for local law enforcement training. Those agencies that need trainers, or are able to provide training or have ideas regarding training are encouraged to contact the LECC.
The Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee projects a busy 2014 in terms of training and professional development opportunities. We are currently planning some of our 2014 training events:
We will be assisting the international Institute of Saint Louis with training on “Human Trafficking and Forced Labor.” Our plan is to take this training to rural southern and northern regions in Missouri, where there is reliance on migrant labor.
In cooperation with our partners at the United States Attorney’s Office in Southern Illinois, we are discussing the possibility of producing training for law enforcement on the Sovereign Citizens movement and what law enforcement officials are encountering in Missouri and in nearby states.
We are in the process of producing a two-day conference for the Southeast Missouri Police Chiefs. The training will consist of classes on Human and Labor Trafficking, Crimes Against Children and Federal Firearms Investigations. This training will be held at the Sikeston, Missouri Department of Public Safety.
We are also in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office in Kansas City, Missouri, and several other federal judicial districts, to produce the 11th Annual Protect Our Children conference. The 2014 conference will be held on September 10-12 at the Airport Hilton in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference is designed to assist caregivers, counselors, clergy, law enforcement and others in the locating and restoration of children who have been sexually and/or physically abused, subjected to internet predation, bullied and abused in any fashion. It also focuses on the prosecution of internet predators and child abusers. In 2015 this conference will be hosted by the United States Attorney’s Office in Saint Louis. For more information call Law Enforcement Coordinator Ron Scaggs at 314-539-7611.
Outreach - The LECC sits on several committees and task forces in an effort to provide communication and outreach to the law enforcement community. Examples of some of the agencies that the U. S. Attorney’s Office connects with via the LECC are: The U. S. Attorney’s Hate Crimes Task Force Subcommittee on Training, Project Safe Neighborhood, the St. Louis Area Police Chief’s Association, the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Board of Governors and the Missouri Police Chief’s Association.
Liaison - The LECC is often the conduit of information to and from the federal law enforcement community to state and municipal law enforcement. Agencies that are unsure of where to find assistance in the federal system are encouraged to contact the Law Enforcement Coordinator.