In the summer of 1981, the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime recommended that each United States Attorney establish a Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC). The bipartisan task force included eight distinguished national criminal justice experts who closely examined federal, state, and local law enforcement needs. The recommendation to establish LECCs came as a direct result of the group's finding that local law enforcement cooperation was crucial, but that cooperation nationwide was uneven.
The Attorney General responded to the task force recommendations, and on July 21, 1981, issued an order instructing each United States Attorney to establish an LECC. Today, each committee has a United States Attorney's Office staff member as its coordinator and the LECC program has become a cornerstone of joint federal, state and local law enforcement efforts.
The Northern District of Florida’s LECC represents a district-wide network of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system. The LECC’s mission is to foster effective communication and cooperation; to identify and address current and emerging regional and national crime trends and threats; to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to support established training objectives for the district’s law enforcement community; and to provide advance planning and ensure cooperation in the event of a major incident in the district. The LECC sponsors, or co-sponsors, training programs and seminars that address a wide-range of relevant topics, reflecting current challenges and trends, to all levels of law enforcement officials, often at no cost.
The LECC has an advisory board whose members continually strive to improve the program and adapt to the changing needs and priorities of the law enforcement community. All local, state, and federal law enforcement are welcome to participate, as well as security agencies. For additional inquiries, please contact Corey Aittama, Law Enforcement Coordinator, at (850) 216-3862, or via email at Corey.Aittama@usdoj.gov.
The Department of Justice, through the Office of Justice Programs, provides a wide variety of grant opportunities for law enforcement agencies and organizations working on criminal justice issues ranging from re-entry, youth violence, crime prevention and deterrence. Visit the individual websites listed below to find grant opportunities:
- Office of Justice Programs
- Bureau of Justice Assistance
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office)
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
- Office on Violence Against Women
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)