The Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) is a program whose mission is to facilitate and promote coordination, communication, and cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the Western District of Tennessee by providing resources, information, training, and technical assistance to those agencies. The term "law enforcement agencies" includes sheriff's offices, police departments, campus and university police, state and local prosecutors (District Attorneys, State Attorneys General), the Tennessee Department of Public Safety, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and all federal law enforcement agencies.
A few examples of the resources the office provides to law enforcement agencies are Tennessee POST-certified training seminars and classes, access to Department of Justice grant information, and administration of the equitable sharing program, which provides funding to law enforcement agencies that participate in a federal forfeiture. Finally, the LECC program participates and aids in implementing community based anti-drug and anti-violence programs, such as Memphis Drug Market Intervention, Project Safe Childhood, Project Safe Neighborhoods, and Safe Streets Task Force.
The United States Attorney's Office, through the LECC program, plays an important role in helping state and local law enforcement agencies gain access to federal resources. Law enforcement agencies frequently ask for information on available grants. With the exception of funding for community policing, all Department of Justice grants are administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). The primary component of OJP for funding of law enforcement programs is the Bureau of Justice Assistance Information. It concerns grant funding for community-oriented police officers and related initiatives, and can be found at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
The LECC Manager serves as the district's Anti-Terrorism Chief Information Officer, and has the responsibility for dissemination of terrorism-related information to state and local law enforcement agencies. The LECC manager 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 changed that affect them. Some of the organizations in which the LECC Coordinator is a member include:
- Memphis Metropolitan Chiefs of Police
- West Tennessee Criminal Investigators Association
- West Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force
- West Tennessee Meth Task Force
- Tennessee Gang Investigators Association
- Tennessee Sheriff’s Association
The LECC program is known throughout the country for its excellent training courses, particularly in the areas of terrorism, traffic search and seizure, asset forfeiture, criminal investigation, human trafficking and internet crimes against children.
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