The Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE) serves as the primary liaison between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and non-federal law enforcement across the country. OSLLE also leads the coordination of DHS-wide policies related to state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement’s role in preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters within the United States.
OSLLE works to advance the Department’s overall mission as it relates to state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus law enforcement, and providing them with the tools, information, and resources they need to do their jobs of protecting the Nation’s communities effectively.
The foundation of OSLLE’s work is building and maintaining relationships with the state and local law enforcement community. In that regard, OSLLE has made great strides in strengthening its relationships with key law enforcement leaders, agencies, organizations, associations, and other law enforcement stakeholders. OSLLE has maintained a presence and regularly participated in most major law enforcement meetings and conferences, and developed a law enforcement engagement strategy and strategic engagements for the Secretary and other senior Departmental leadership participation. Among these have included engagements with our Nation’s border sheriffs in an effort to advance the Administration’s and Department’s immigration enforcement policies and priorities. These have included trips to the border for senior DHS officials to engage with the sheriffs and a “Day with the Border Sheriffs during which DHS Component leadership discussed with the sheriffs how the Department might better assist them with their efforts to protect the border.” OSLLE also facilitated and participated in all major National Police Week activities, as well as DHS Component events, during which state, local, and federal law enforcement honor our fallen heroes.
In addition to these and other law enforcement engagements, OSLLE has identified several strategic priorities based on feedback regarding current law enforcement issues and concerns, as well as Administration initiatives. These OSLLE priorities include immigration enforcement; active shooter and assailant; school safety; opioids; recruitment and retention; technology; and Northern Border.