Department of Justice Seal
Talking Points for
Deputy Attorney General
Larry D. Thompson
LECC and Victim Witness Program
Videotaping - August 30, 2001

     The Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, also known as the "LECC," is an important component of the United States Attorneys' offices and the law enforcement community. The goal of the LECC is to improve cooperation and coordination among law enforcement groups, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. The LECC program was established in 1981, and has since become a cornerstone of joint federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts. As united states attorney, i established the very first lecc in atlanta, georgia.

     Although each United States Attorney may have a unique set of goals and objectives, the main purpose of the LECC is to ensure the United States Attorney's office has a substantial role in public safety.

     As a former federal prosecutor, I found working with law enforcement task forces one of the most productive ways to address local crime. LECC Coordinators in the United States Attorneys' offices are an excellent vehicle for pulling together law enforcement agencies within a district to effectively combat crime.

     Training is a key element of the LECC program. LECC Coordinators can provide training to federal, state, and local law enforcement on topics including asset forfeiture, gang investigations, racial profiling, emerging drug trends, community policing, and other law enforcement issues.

     Community outreach is another major piece of the LECC program. Many LECCs are involved in the Weed and Seed and Drug Education For Youth programs. The LECC Coordinators are also at the forefront of Department of Justice community initiatives, such as Project Safe Neighborhoods, Project Exile, and Project Ceasefire. All of these programs rely on your involvement in order to be successful.

     It is my hope that by watching this brief message about LECCs, you will have a better understanding of the program and will call on your local United States Attorney's office to assist you in your law enforcement efforts.