The Law Enforcement Program
What is it?
The Law Enforcement Program (LEP) provides experienced law enforcement professionals to embed with all echelons from Corps to Battalion. The mission of the LEP is to assist commanders with enhanced expertise and methodology to understand, identify, penetrate, interdict and suppress international insurgent and criminal-like network enterprises to include their employment of improvised explosive devices (IED).
LEP personnel are former law enforcement professionals with criminal enterprise investigative and analytical skills developed while working at a federal/state agency or large metropolitan police force with federal task force experience. He or she will have a minimum of 5 years investigative experience and 15 years service or 10 years of organized crime investigative experience and 20-30 years service.
The organizational structure, design and methods of operation of extremist/insurgent groups differ from those of military units and most often replicate organized crime groups and street gangs. Engaging these groups using conventional military strategies has proven challenging. In order to effectively combat this type of organization/group there must be an understanding of international organizations; their intent, motives, structure and methods of movement of personnel, money and arms.
What has the Army done?
In 2006, the Joint IED Defeat Senior Resource Steering Group decided to obtain individuals with the criminal enterprise investigative and analytical skills and to embed them at corps, division and brigade/regiment level in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007, the Deputy Secretary of Defense approved the continuation and expansion of LEP down to battalion level. The program transitioned to United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) in April 2008.
What continued efforts does the Army have for the future?
USACIDC is developing a course of action to make LEP an enduring capability within the Army.
Why is this important to the Army?
The skill sets LEP personnel provide are the skill sets required to effectively understand, identify, penetrate, interdict and suppress such organizations.
POC: LTC Glen Giddings , PM Law Enforcement Program
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