On the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, Congress created the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE) in 2007 for two key purposes:
- Lead the coordination of DHS-wide policies related to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement’s role in preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disaster within the United States; and
- Serve as the primary liaison between DHS and non-Federal law enforcement agencies across the country.
Appointed in July 2011, Mr. Louis F. Quijas currently serves as Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement.
- Serve as the primary Department liaison to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement;
- Advise the Secretary on the issues, concerns, and requirements of state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement;
- Keep the law enforcement community up-to-date on Department-wide activities and initiatives such as “If You See Something, Say Something™”, the Blue Campaign, Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI), and the Department’s efforts in Countering Violent Extremism;
- Identify and respond to law enforcement challenges that affect homeland security;
- Coordinate with the Office of Intelligence and Analysis to ensure the timely coordination and distribution of intelligence and strategic information to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement; and
- Work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that law enforcement and terrorism-focused grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies are appropriately focused on terrorism prevention activities.
Law Enforcement Resources
The OSLLE has assembled a list of resources that can assist state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement in their efforts to keep our communities safe, secure, and resilient. The DHS State and Local Law Enforcement Resource Catalog and other helpful tools can be found in the Law Enforcement Resources section.
OSLLE Publication Archives
The OSLLE regularly publishes articles in law enforcement periodicals to keep the law enforcement community up-to-date on DHS initiatives, activities, and training opportunities. Previously published articles can be found in our Publication Archives.