CRCL and ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations (ERO) recently received the coveted ICE Director’s DHS Partner Award. The award is given annually to recognize DHS Components and offices for superior dedication to teamwork and in the execution of ICE’s mission.
Throughout 2011, CRCL and ICE ERO collaborated in creating the first two Secure Communities educational and awareness videos in a series of eight, and revamped the Secure Communities website to better highlight and emphasize DHS and CRCL/ICE-related activities. CRCL and ERO also worked diligently to launch a proactive quarterly review of law enforcement statistics related to Secure Communities interoperability to identify and, if necessary, respond to civil rights problems, including improper policing activities such as racial or ethnic profiling on the part of state or local law enforcement agencies in which Secure Communities interoperability has been activated.
The ICE ERO Law Enforcement Systems & Analysis (LESA) division (formerly Secure Communities) worked closely with CRCL and the ICE Office of State, Local and Tribal Coordination to establish a framework for the educational video series and the delivery methodology to state and local law enforcement. Teamwork, dedication, and tenacity led to the production of the first video in just eight weeks, and those within DHS as well as non-governmental organizations applauded the efforts. Within three weeks of initiation, the team overhauled the Secure Communities website to increase transparency and overall awareness and to intuitively guide visitors to the information they desired.
The combination of these collective efforts has led to a more productive working relationship between ICE and CRCL and additional awareness and protections of individual civil rights and civil liberties throughout all levels of law enforcement.