The concept of Law Enforcement Coordination (LEC) was formed in 1981 and is a permanent cornerstone of joint federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts. The goal is for the LEC is to improve cooperation and coordination among law enforcement groups, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. The focus of the LEC Program is directly related to the vision and desires of the United States Attorney, as well as direction from the Department of Justice. In the District of Delaware, the LEC Manager has undertaken activities and initiatives to promote crime reduction awareness and prevention programs.
In addition, the LEC Manager 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.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Dover
Utilizing PSN funding opportunities, the U.S. Attorney's Office has partnered with the state and local law enforcement, educational institutions, and state and local social service providers, to combat violent crime in an economically depressed and violent section of Delaware’s capital city.
Led by the crime and economic data, Engagement Specialists initiate and cultivate community trust in these high-risk areas. Identifying and utilizing existing resources, the engagement specialists interact with the community in an effort to provide assistance and reduce violence through de-escalation tactics.
Cross-referencing violent crime data with federal housing subsidy information, the U.S. Attorney's Office partnered with the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to address the correlation between violence and federal housing subsidies.
HUD Inspectors provide training to local police officers on detecting, recording and prosecuting HUD fraud. HUD Inspectors assist in identifying administrative pressure points for property management companies and provide expert advice on nuisance-related initiatives including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
First State Opioid Overdose Task Force
This is a DEA-led task force consisting of law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The task force investigates cases involving opioid-induced overdose deaths by immediately securing the crime scene, pursuing investigative options with an eye toward the ultimate source of supply, and, where appropriate, facilitating treatment for survivors.
A member of the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), the New Castle County, Delaware HIDTA is a collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement whose mission is to interrupt drug trafficking organizations and combat violent crime.
Among others, the LEC Program encompasses the following areas:
- Law Enforcement Training
- Anti-Violence, Gangs, and Drugs
- White Collar Crime
- Community Outreach
- Public Relations/Chief Information Officer
- Task Force Support
- Asset Forfeiture
- Technical Assistance
- Special Initiatives
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