In 1981, the U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime, a bipartisan group of distinguished national criminal justice experts tasked with examining federal, state and local law enforcement needs, recommended that the Attorney General establish a forum to enhance communication at all levels of law enforcement. The Attorney General acted on the recommendation and formed the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) for the purpose of improving coordination and cooperation among law enforcement agencies to enhance the effectiveness of the criminal justice system within a federal judicial district.
To aid in the formation of programs within federal districts, Congress created the Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) position. The LEC is tasked with facilitating and promoting coordination, communication, and cooperation among federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
This individual, under the direction of the U. S. Attorney, develops training and informational programs for law enforcement officers and prosecutors; acts as an information resource on federal laws and programs; and functions as a liaison between components of the Justice Department (including DEA, FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service) as well as other federal agencies (such as U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of State) and local law enforcement agencies.
The focus of the LEC program differs from district to district. In the District of Nevada, the LEC serves as an adviser on matters that impact local and state law enforcement within the district. The LEC’s focus includes national priorities, such as addressing terrorism, firearms crimes, gang crime, narcotics trafficking, Project Safe Neighborhoods, as well as local priorities that address the specific needs of our law enforcement community.
The District of Nevada developed a violence reduction strategy that follows a comprehensive approach – from prevention, intervention, enforcement, suppression and re-entry (breaking the cycle of recidivism). In addressing violent crime in Nevada, the LEC acts as the community liaison for the U.S. Attorney, working with elected officials – mayors, council members, District Attorneys and Sheriffs, the Nevada Attorney General’s office, and the Nevada Governor’s office – and community organizations and non-profits involved with crime prevention, programs addressing at risk youth, gang prevention, and reentry programs.
The LEC represents the U.S. Attorney on law enforcement panels, local and statewide committees, and law enforcement task forces. The LEC maintains direct contact with the U.S. Attorney in setting of priorities, including the identification of needs, activities, committees and task forces for the district's law enforcement program. To inform these priorities, the LEC maintains close contact, involvement and participation with the district's law enforcement community. The U.S. Attorney's law enforcement program that supports local law enforcement agencies includes training, program development, project assistance, funding for law enforcement related activities and programs, and assistance with acquiring federal grants.