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January 10 11:58 AM

U.S. Attorney’s Office programs strengthen local law enforcement with training in 2013


2,193 trained last year

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that the Western District of Louisiana, through its law enforcement coordinator, Mike Campbell, had an outstanding year in providing training courses to local law enforcement agencies in 2013.

As the district’s law enforcement coordinator, Campbell acts as a liaison between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local, state and federal law enforcement. He assists with grants, coordinates and provides law enforcement training, and assists law enforcement agencies with special and community needs. The mission of the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee is to develop coordination, communication and cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the Western District of Louisiana by providing education, training and technical assistance to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the district.

In 2013, Campbell worked with federal, state, local, military and tribal offices and spearheaded 28 training courses which were provided in the district’s 42 parishes.

A total of 2,193 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officers participated in various training events provided at no-cost to the attendees. Cities where the training events took place included Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, West Monroe, Natchitoches, Plain Dealing, Many, Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Iberia. Topics covered included investigation techniques, personal safety, narcotics, search and seizure, and many others.

Campbell joined the Western District of Louisiana U.S. Attorney’s Office in November 2007 after a 33-year career in law enforcement with the Shreveport Police Department. He entered service in 1974 as a patrol officer and retired as chief of p olice in 2007. He is a retired officer from the Louisiana National Guard with 21 years of service. During his military career, he served with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, U.S. Army Reserve and the Louisiana National Guard. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police.

“We are proud to be able to continue to join with other organizations to provide these important services to law enforcement agencies within the Western District of Louisiana,” Finley stated. “The training improves the knowledge and strengthens the skills of personnel working in the field. I applaud Mike Campbell, the participating organizations, local law enforcement, and all of the trainers/ speakers for their hard work and dedication that make these programs possible. We are grateful to our law enforcement partners who assist us every day to get the job done and look forward to providing training for 2014 as well.”

For more information and a listing of resources that the LECC provides in the Western District of Louisiana visit www.justice.gov/ usao/law/lecc.

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