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.
To find out about more about the LECC, contact the Law Enforcement Coordinator at (702) 388-6336, or Deputy Law Enforcement Coordinator at (775) 784-5438.
FEDERAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
On October 15, 2020, the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and the Office on Violence against Women (OVW) transitioned to the Department of Justice's Justice Grants System (JustGrants) for all grants management activities and to the Department of Treasury's Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system for grants payments. Learn more about these new systems on the Justice Grants Website.
DOJ Grant Agency Sites
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by the nation's state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information and grant resources. The COPS Office awards grants to hire community policing professionals, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement.
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. Therefore, OJP does not directly carry out law enforcement and justice activities. Instead, OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges. OJP’s goals are to strengthen partnerships with state, local and tribal stakeholders; ensure integrity of, and respect for, science - including a focus on evidence-based, "smart on crime" approaches in criminal and juvenile justice; and administer OJP’s grant awards process in a fair, accessible and transparent fashion - and, as good stewards of federal funds, manage the grants system in a manner that avoids waste, fraud and abuse. Visit the OJP bureaus and program offices listed below:
- Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
- Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
- National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), supported by OJP, offers a range of services and resources to meet the information needs of anyone interested in criminal and juvenile justice, victim assistance, and public safety.
The mission of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is to provide federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. OVW administers grant programs to help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while simultaneously enabling communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence. Funding is provided to local, state and tribal governments; courts; non-profit organizations; community-based organizations; secondary schools; institutions of higher education; and state and tribal coalitions. These entities work toward developing more effective responses to violence against women through activities that include direct services, crisis intervention, transitional housing, legal assistance to victims, court improvement, and training for law enforcement and courts. They also work with specific populations such as elder victims, persons with disabilities, college students, teens, and culturally and linguistically specific populations.