Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO)
Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO)
The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transfer excess Department of Defense (DOD) personal property to local law enforcement agencies with special emphasis given to counter-drug and counter-terrorism. The Arkansas Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) program (formerly the 1208 program) allows law enforcement agencies to receive DOD excess property. Vehicle and Asset Management, through an agreement between the Defense Logistics Agency and the State of Arkansas, has been charged with the administration of the program.
LESO INVENTORY CERTIFICATION GUIDE
PROGRAM OVERVIEW, AGREEMENT, AND APPLICATION:
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) defines eligible participants for the LESO program as government agencies whose primary function is the enforcement of applicable federal, state, and local laws, and whose compensated law enforcement officers have powers of arrest and apprehension.
All DOD excess property can be used for counter-drug and other law enforcement activities with the exception of the operation of jails.This applies to all property acquired in the future or any property previously acquired through the DOD 1033 Program. The program allows representatives to be eligible to screen military bases for excess DOD property suitable for law enforcement use.
Eligible organizations may participate in this program by paying a service fee per allocated item or annual fee based on the number of sworn officers. The law enforcement agency (LEA) must have a current State Plan of Operation (SPO) form completed and a current application on file with the Arkansas LESO office.
Service fees are 3% of the original government acquisition cost per item up to $5,000 or the LEA can choose to pay an annual fee. The annual fee schedule is as follows:
|Number of Sworn Officers
|1 – 10
|11 – 25
|26 – 50
|51 – 75
|76 – 100
|101 – 150
|151 – 200
|201 – 500+
LEA’s are responsible for any fees assessed by the federal government for acquisition of property in specialty categories such as weapons (shipping/handling, etc.) or for transportation/shipping incurred by requested and approved property. Arkansas LESO can arrange for your agency and invoice you for the costs.
Your Screening Authorization Letter will allow as many as eight (8) of the authorized screeners to physically screen for excess DOD property at any of the DLA’s worldwide.
Internet screening may be done at the DLA Enterprise External Business Portal.
Property requests are approved on a first-come basis. in order to screen property, you must have accounts set up in FEPMIS, AMPS, and RTD. Review LESO training and instructions.
To help you through the process, review the LESO Quick Start Guide.
USE AND DISPOSAL:
Any DOD excess property received in the past or future must be placed into use within one year of receipt, and the property must remain in use for at least twelve (12) months. All DOD excess property must be used for law enforcement agency use only!! DOD excess property cannot be loaned to any other law enforcement agencies or local government entity including fire departments. The property is subject at any time for physical inspection by Arkansas LESO and the Defense Logistics Agency.
Prior to disposal or transfer of any DOD excess property, you must submit a written request to the state coordinator. When approved, disposal must be done according to state and local laws, rules, and regulations pertinent to the disposal of public property. Property requiring demilitarization must be returned to a distribution site through this office or transferred to another law enforcement agency.
There is no charge for this application process. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing your application for participation, please contact James Ray.
- Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) HQ
- Federal Excess Property Management Information System (FEPMIS)
- LESO Forms
- State Plan of Operations
- State Plan of Operations Addendum
- 2023 LESO Annual Inventory and User Guide
TYPES OF PROPERTY AVAILABLE:
Combat Strap Cutter
Sport Utility Vehicle