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 have reached the half-way point with our Law Enforcement Leadership and Organizational Change program at Saint Louis University. We are hosting 24 law enforcement officials from the metro area in an 8-month program on such areas as: leadership principles, budgeting, technology and leveraging internal and external politics. Upon successful completion, the participants will have a certificate in Leadership from Saint Louis University and credits toward a Master’s Degree Program.
We are commencing the planning process of our 10th Annual Corporate Anti-Terrorism Conference. This Conference is held at Washington University and focuses on relevant law enforcement, terrorism and safety and security issues for the corporate security sector. We normally host 100 corporate security officials from national and international corporations such as Boeing, The Maritz Corporation, AT&T, Enterprise Holdings, Fed-Ex, the Federal Reserve Bank and others.
We are also working with the Hate Crimes Task force, as well as the Human Trafficking Task Force, to bring training not only to the Saint Louis area but to northern and southern Missouri as well in 2014.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Maryville University School of Criminal Justice and Criminology to produce a firearms workshop titled "The 13 Critical Steps." This is a free, two-day, post-certified class that covers all phases of firearms investigations and prosecutions: Seizure and identification of firearms; packaging firearms as evidence; ballistics and forensics; and NIBN and eTracing. The class will be held at the auditorium at Maryville University on May 20 and 21. For further information contact 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.