RECOMMENDATION 62

Part: 
Three
Chapter: 
3

Local law enforcement agencies should participate in the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committees to form regional task forces of dedicated and experienced investigators and prosecutors to combat child pornography.

In recent years, the United States Attorneys have established Law Enforcement Coordinating Committees (LECCs) within each of the ninety-four districts.[652] The LECC is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies[653] and is designed to improve coordination and cooperation among agencies.[654] The LECC has proved to be an invaluable tool in effective law enforcement efforts. By coordinating the various agencies' efforts, a successful attack can be launched against any form of criminal activity from all sides. Customs can quickly determine a suspect's past involvement with foreign child pornography; the Postal Inspectors and local law enforcement officers can determine whether the suspect has been corresponding with other identified pedophile offenders and whether he is on any known mailing lists; and the FBI can identify the suspect's arrest history, employment history and lifestyle.[655]

New York has provided an example of the effective use of the LECC for the investigation and prosecution of child pornography cases.[656] This example can also be used as a model for the LECC subcommittee specifically designed to address the problem of child pornography. In addition to general enforcement efforts the LECC may serve to make suggestions for regional or statewide programs.

Notes

  1. Chicago Hearing, Vol. II, Frederick Scullin, p. 37; See also, Recommendations for Law Enforcement Agencies in Chapter 2 of this Part.
  2. Chicago Hearing, Vol. II, Frederick Scullin, p. 37.
  3. Id.
  4. Miami Hearing, Vol. II, Joyce Karlin, p. 177B-C.
  5. Chicago Hearing, Vol. II. Frederick Scullin, pp. 38-41.