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The Office for State and Local Law Enforcement

The DHS Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE) was created on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to provide DHS with primary coordination, liaison, and advocacy for state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus (SLTTC) law enforcement.

OSLLE accomplishes its mission through partnerships and relationships with SLTTC law enforcement, both through national associations and directly with the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States. OSLLE’s responsibilities including supporting Department senior leadership engagements with SLTTC law enforcement; sharing pertinent and timely information and resources with stakeholders, including the development of custom solutions when off the shelf resources don’t exist; identifying the issues, concerns, and recommendations of non-federal law enforcement; and informing the Department’s policies, programs, and initiatives with the perspective of SLTTC law enforcement. OSLLE is also statutorily responsible for ensuring that that law enforcement and terrorism focused grants are appropriately focused on terrorism prevention activities. 

The Vision

OSLLE envisions consistent collaboration and the inclusiveness of law enforcement by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its agencies in all homeland security matters.

The Focus Areas

Grants: Ensuring Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Preparedness Grants are scoped appropriately to support current and emerging Homeland Security challenges.

Training Opportunities: OSLLE maintains awareness of all DHS training opportunities available to SLTTC LE and supports the development of new training to address stakeholder-identified gaps. OSLLE works directly with training providers such as The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and FEMA's National Training and Education Division (NTED) to ensure SLTTC LE access to all available trainings.

Information Sharing: OSLLE shares timely information on DHS policies, programs, operations, and initiatives with SLTTC LE partners and works closely with the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) to ensure timely coordination and distribution of real-time actionable intelligence and strategic information to law enforcement.

OSLLE Partner Engagement ensures that state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus (SLTTC) law enforcement (LE), through either national organizations or their affiliates, are having robust, two-way conversations with DHS senior officials and staff. Partner Engagement works to actively engage with, hear from, and advocate for SLTTC LE partners on issues pertaining to their role in Homeland Security during policy, program, and initiative development.

OSLLE actively engages the LE community through a tailored engagement strategy. In addition, daily interactions with national organizations and their elected representatives allow the Partner Engagement team to communicate direct feedback, in real-time, to DHS senior officials and staff.

Engagement activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivating relationships through partner engagement portfolios;
  • Representing DHS at conferences, meetings, and events; and
  • Securing and supporting DHS officials’ engagements with SLTCC law enforcement.

OSLLE Resource Integration ensures that state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus (SLTTC) law enforcement have DHS operational and strategic support, as well as access to requested DHS resources and products. OSLLE works cross-functionally within and outside of DHS to provide strategic responses and innovative solutions to current and emerging threats.                                          

Examples of OSLLE Resource Products and Collaborations: 

The Resource Integration team also manages a distribution list containing SLTTC law enforcement stakeholders, to include national level law enforcement associations. OSLLE uses the distribution list to disseminate timely consolidated law enforcement resources. These periodic bulletins contain critical information and free resources for the law enforcement community. 

Email OSLLE@hq.dhs.gov from your LE agency email to request access to the bulletin. 

Ms. Heather Fong
Assistant Secretary

Mr. John Iorio
Executive Director

Ms. Anna Kuntz
Director of Partner Engagement

Ms. Chrishonna Scott
Associate Director

Contact us:

Email: OSLLE@hq.dhs.gov

Phone Number: 1 (202) 282-9545

Helpful law enforcement resources and tools can be found on the Law Enforcement Resources webpage. 

OSLLE Critical Resource and Tips Bulletin

Email OSLLE@hq.dhs.gov from your Law Enforcement agency email to request access to the bulletin.

Summary of Resources for State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Campus Law Enforcement Partners

This Law Enforcement Resource Guide highlights many of the resources available to you, including training and grant opportunities, to increase nationwide resilience to evolving threats. If you would like to learn more, please contact the DHS Office for State and Local Law Enforcement at OSLLE@hq.dhs.gov.

OSLLE Webinar Series for Law Enforcement

OSLLE has established a monthly webinar series for SLTTC law enforcement partners that provides information and opportunities for discussion on timely and relevant homeland security topics. For invitations and resources that are presented during the webinars, please email OSLLE@hq.dhs.gov.

Resources to Support Campus Law Enforcement and Public Safety to Protect Against Targeted Violence

DHS and DOJ, along with our partners at all levels of government, will continue to help Institutions of Higher Education, campus law enforcement, and campus public safety officials prepare for and respond to a range of public safety challenges, recognizing that DHS respects privacy, civil rights and civil liberties and will not interfere with activity protected by the First Amendment. DHS has a number of resources that may be helpful to campus law enforcement and campus public safety officials when facing heightened threats of targeted violence. Other federal resources are also included.

Law Enforcement Use of Force SIMEX Resources

In April 2021 Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HSSEDI), sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE) and at the request of nation-wide law enforcement agencies, conducted the Law Enforcement Use of Force (LE UoF) Simulation Experiment (SIMEX 21-3). The goal was to provide evidence-based data and recommendations to the law enforcement community of practice that would support the deterrence and reduction of arrest-related fatalities and injuries due to applied force by officers.

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Last Updated: 05/02/2024
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