What is National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)?
The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) system serves as the "honest broker" offering support, research findings, and technological expertise to help State and local law enforcement and corrections personnel perform their duties more safely and efficiently. NLETC was created in 1994 as a component of the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) Office of Science and Technology and the system is now assisted in its work by a national and regional advisory councils.
The NLECTC system consists of facilities across the country that are collocated The NLECTC system seeks to help law enforcement and corrections agencies through fostering the development and use of new and existing technologies. To do so, it has to identify and understand the needs and requirements of these agencies. A national advisory council and regional advisory councils that are attached to each center are important to this process. They form a bridge between the criminal justice community and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Science and Technology. Across this bridge flows information about the workaday worlds of policing and corrections, and their operational needs. NIJ uses this information to help fashion and adjust its technology research and development programs to meet those needs.
Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Council (LECTAC) LECTAC is the primary "big picture" link between the law enforcement and corrections community and NIJ's science and technology programs. Council members are appointed by NLECTC based on their records of distinguished service and include representatives from Federal, State, local, and international criminal justice agencies and organizations. Working to strengthen ties between NIJ and the law enforcement and corrections community, LECTAC reviews and analyzes the present and future technological needs of the criminal justice system.
The Council uses this information to recommend research and development priorities to NIJ and advises NLECTC on equipment testing, the creation of standards, user guidelines, and technical reports. At the same time, it relays information about NIJ's technology programs and products back to the criminal justice community for its review.
Guided by an executive committee, LECTAC is organized into subcommittees, all of which address technology areas of technology which are annually identified as priorities by NIJ and LECTAC. These subcommittees focus on law enforcement operations, corrections operations, communications, contraband detection, custody, investigative and forensic sciences, information systems, training and simulation, and weapons and protective systems. LECTAC and its subcommittees meet as appropriate to review NIJ programs, attend presentations on emerging technologies, meet with representatives of the centers' regional advisory councils, and discuss State and local technology needs.
Once a year, LECTAC recommends to the NLECTC system priorities for NIJ programs. Regional Advisory Councils The centers in the NLECTC system establish close ties to the States they serve through their regional advisory councils. Each council is made up of criminal justice practitioners who represent a cross-section of law enforcement and corrections agencies from each of the centers' constituent States. The regional advisory councils meet regularly to help center staff identify and rank the needs of the criminal justice community and provide feedback on NIJ programs. Council members
Regional advisory councils not only work with the regional centers but also provide information to LECTAC. Center Directors and council chairs relay information from the regional councils to LECTAC through regular meetings with the LECTAC executive committee.