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What is a Law Enforcement Liaison?
A Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) serves as a vital link and conduit between a State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) and that state’s law enforcement community. LELs help promote and enhance state and national highway safety programs, initiatives and campaigns and perform a myriad of functions, including planning, organizing, networking, promoting, recruiting, implementing, reporting and evaluating law enforcement’s role in traffic safety projects, activities, and achievements.
LELs are sworn and retired law enforcement officials who may perform their duties on a contractual basis, as part of their police activities or under a grant from the SHSO. One of their most important tasks is to recruit and encourage state and local law enforcement participation in national and state traffic safety mobilizations, but they continuously work toward a culture of sustained and effective traffic enforcement programs.
What is 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.
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. 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.