The National Law Enforcement Liaison Program
Recent success in reducing fatal and serious injury crashes continues to drive innovation and the thirst for more reductions. A cornerstone of this success is the data-driven, targeted and aggressive high visibility enforcement (HVE) campaigns strategically launched across the country. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the contribution of the law enforcement community and can be attributed to the work of the state LELs, who rally the law enforcement network to participate in national and state HVE campaigns.
Today, 240 local, state and regional LELs work with State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to provide law enforcement expertise, encourage involvement in traffic safety initiatives and act as a liaison between the state’s law enforcement community and the SHSO.
The National Law Enforcement Liaison Program (NLELP) was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), funded by NHTSA under a cooperative agreement in recognition of the effectiveness of LEL activities in reducing crashes across the country. The purpose of the program is to enhance communications between LELs, ensure greater coordination of LEL activities nationwide, create and support LEL training and guidance workshops to increase the knowledge and skills of LELs and provide technical assistance. The NLELP is designed to strengthen the work of a proven network of highway safety professionals with enhanced communications tools, updated training, sharing of best practices, exchanging information on new research, policies, and programs, and highlighting successes.
A program manager was hired by GHSA to lead a nationally coordinated LEL program, to promote stronger communications among state LELs and between state and regional LELs and other safety personnel, to develop and enhance the skills and effectiveness of LELs in states and territories and to promote the expanded involvement of law enforcement agencies in national and state traffic safety initiatives. The NLELP program manager's responsibilities include:
- To communicate effectively with LELs, state and federal safety personnel and other law enforcement personnel.
- To facilitate communication among LELs and between LELs and state and federal safety personnel.
- To assist in the delivery of training that enhances the skills and abilities of state LELs.
- To prepare and deliver presentations and webinars that directly support the LEL program.
- To gather information to determine law enforcement needs related to LEL program delivery.
- To provide technical assistance and support to LELs.
- To prepare plans, progress and other reports as needed.
- To maintain the LEL listserv.
- To employ other duties as identified by GHSA and NHTSA to enhance the program.