The Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) is a program with the primary mission is to facilitate and promote coordination, communication, and cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the Northern District of Georgia, by providing resources, information, training, and technical assistance to those agencies. In the Northern District of Georgia, the program is managed by Law Enforcement Coordination (LEC) Specialist Dr. Shila Hawk.
The term "law enforcement agencies" includes: Sheriff's offices, police departments, campus and university police, state and local prosecutors (District Attorneys, State Attorney General, Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia), the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, the Georgia State Patrol, and all federal law enforcement agencies. It also includes other law enforcement agencies in the criminal justice system, including Corrections and Pardons and Paroles. In the Northern District, there are more than 300 law enforcement agencies.
Over the 28 years the LECC program has existed in this District, its mission has expanded and evolved into a more comprehensive outreach program. This, in part, is due to the recognition that law enforcement alone cannot solve the crime problems of our communities. To have a positive impact on crime, the community itself must be involved. Although the primary focus of the LEC Specialist’s work is law enforcement-related, she also works with a broad spectrum of individuals and non-governmental agencies in our office’s efforts to reduce crime.
Some of the resources the office provides to law enforcement agencies are Georgia POST-certified training seminars, classes, and conferences, access to Department of Justice grant information, access to timely counter terrorism information, alerts and bulletins, and administration of the equitable sharing program, which provides funding to law enforcement agencies that participate in a federal forfeiture.
The LECC program is known throughout the country for its excellent training courses, particularly in the areas of terrorism, traffic search and seizure, and asset forfeiture. The LECC's training course on Law Enforcement and Racial and Ethnic Profiling has been recognized by numerous law enforcement agencies and organizations. Recent training conferences coordinated through the LECC program include Prescription Drug Abuse, Human Trafficking, Asset Forfeiture, and a Business Continuity Summit which is held for law enforcement and building and corporate security agencies to plan responses to critical incidents that would require response from both the public and private sectors.
The LEC Specialist works within established law enforcement associations and organizations to remain knowledgeable about current issues affecting law enforcement agencies and to insure that law enforcement agencies and law enforcement personnel receive timely information when new federal initiatives are launched or policies are changes that affect them.
Shila Hawk, Ph.D.