Encouraging State Cooperation - Operation LeGend

FLEOA Statement Encouraging State Cooperation with Operation LeGend 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        July 24, 2020 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) issued the following press release in response to President Trump’s announced expansion of Operation LeGend: 

"Federal law enforcement often works with their state and local counterparts to combat criminal activity that state’s to combat alone.  Operation LeGend is a necessary expansion of these programs in order to help Americans most likely to be victims of violence, particularly gun violence, due to high crime levels in the communities,” FLEOA President Cosme explained. "The unfortunate reality is that some state and local law enforcement departments lack the necessary resources to fight escalating crime in their localities, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the lives of law enforcement.  Federal partnerships provide those resources while the state and local law enforcement provide the local knowledge needed to properly address threats the public safety.” 

"The program, named in honor of LeGend Taliferro, a four-year old boy who was killed by gunfire while laying asleep in his home, was created with the understanding that cooperation between all levels of law enforcement is the most effective way to ensure criminal activity is addressed and public safety is maintained,” Cosme continued. 

"Just last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced that, in partnership with their state and local counterparts, an investigation led to criminal charges against seventeen MS-13 gang members in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. This investigation involved the seizure of five pounds of methamphetamine, $28,000 in cash, fourteen firearms, and six suppressors,” Cosme furthered. "This is just one example of how when law enforcement works together, criminals go to jail and lives are saved.” 

President Cosme concluded, "Cities and states should view Operation LeGend for what it is, a measure focused on preventing violence and promoting public safety. Rejecting federal assistance will leave state and local law enforcement unable to adequately address violence in their localities and endanger the public. We encourage states to foster coordination with federal law enforcement on this important mission of maintaining public safety.” 

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 28,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.