Sep 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

New DHS council to review "best practices" for its law enforcement agencies

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that it will create a council to "promote best practices in its law enforcement activities."

Why it matters: DHS said the new Law Enforcement Coordination Council will be the first unified law enforcement coordination body at DHS and will cover everything from training curricula to use of force policies.

The big picture: The LECC will be chaired by Mayorkas and act as a governing organization for the department's law enforcement agencies and oversight bodies, Mayorkas told ABC News Wednesday.

  • The LECC will be split into two sub-committees, one of which will examine use of force policies across the department and its components, while the other will review law enforcement training techniques and curricula, per the press release.
  • Mayorkas told ABC that plans for the LECC predate the recent situation at the border and were not driven by the emergence of photos that appeared to show U.S. Border Patrol agents using horses to aggressively deter Haitian migrants.

What they're saying: "We are bringing a greater, in my opinion, a greater degree of organization, cohesion to [law enforcement policies]," Mayorkas told ABC.

  • “The Law Enforcement Coordination Council will better enable the Department to combat current and future threats to our country, while ensuring the safety of both our law enforcement personnel and the diverse communities we serve," he said in the press release.
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