BATTLE CREEK, Mich. –
State coordinators from Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona, visited the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center to participate in a two-day training and assistance visit hosted by Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Law Enforcement Support Office June 15.
This is the first formal face-to-face training LESO has completed with its governor appointed state coordinators and state point-of-contacts since the pandemic. Training topics included 1033 program compliance policies, annual inventory procedures, how to requisition property, and more.
Disposition Services Director Mike Cannon delivered opening remarks touching on the importance of the relationship between LESO personnel and state liaisons.
“The key control measure in this program are the state coordinators and state POCs,” Cannon said. “That’s the key. You are more important to this program, to the accountability management than we are. All the requests come through you and all communication goes out through you. You are the very key to the program. We will do everything we can to support you.”
The LESO program facilitates 10 US Code 2576a which allows the transfer of certain excess Department of Defense property to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories. Participating States appoint a coordinator who act as a liaison and compliance officer to the law enforcement agencies and LESO program. There are approximately 8,550 state and local participating LEAs and 180 federal participating LEAs.
Newly assigned, state point-of-contact and chief of police for Buckeye Arizona Police Department Larry Hall was grateful for the opportunity to attend the training in-person.
“Having a personal connection with personnel assigned to LESO [and] understanding their role and what I can do in my role to make their job a lot easier. That’s something you can’t get from a virtual meeting,” he said.
Hall is a veteran to the program and has been participating in annual inventories for controlled property acquired through the LESO program since 2008.
More information on the LESO program can be found on the LESO webpage including the most frequently asked questions.