MOHS Law Enforcement Task Force
The Mississippi Sheriffs Association (MSA) and the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) have joined forces and are implementing and further developing the Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF) program. The LETF will provide Mutual Aid Law Enforcement Field Force resources/services between local agencies as needed and provide additional law enforcement resources during disaster declarations. The necessary requirements, training, and personal protective equipment is supported by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS). The LETF is designed to provide rapid, organized and disciplined response to civil disorder, crowd control, and asset protection.
Response is based on an “All Hazards” approach to Human, Natural, or Technological disasters where crisis intervention law enforcement is needed. This project redirects authoritative delegation to the Mississippi LETF Board of Directors, selected from each association and enhances sustainability, span of control, and standard operating procedures thereby producing a more cohesive interoperable team of law enforcement professionals and broader footprint of specially trained law enforcement officers geographically placed throughout the state. The MOHS will utilize funds to enhance the LETF capabilities through approved training and personal protective equipment. This goal will be accomplished by conducting approved FEMA/DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) training for all LETF team members.
The LETF initial focused training disciplines consist of: Field Force Operations (FFO) PER-200; Field Force Operations Refresher (FFO-R) PER-200-C; Field Force Extrication Tactics (FFE) PER-202; Field Force Command and Planning (FFC) MGT-300; and Field Force Command, Executive Course (FFC) MGT-300-1. In addition, MOHS funds will be utilized to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the LETF team members to augment equipment, training, exercises, and evaluation to identify gaps, thereby providing specially trained and equipped crisis intervention law enforcement aid among local agencies throughout the state.
Initial team configuration will consist of 150-175 sworn law enforcement officers. Once trained, team member selections will continue annually to ultimately increase the response asset to approximately 450 sworn law enforcement officers while providing for attrition.
The State of Mississippi contains eighty-two (82) counties, which have been grouped into three (3) regions containing nine (9) districts. The Mississippi LETF Response Teams consist of three (3) deployable Regional Response Task Force teams (North, Central, and South). The Task Forces train and exercise for “All Hazards” planned response with specialized Field Force Operations (FFO), Field Force Extrication Tactics (FFE), Field Force Command (FFC), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) training. Full logistical support will be provided for the Task Force teams by the MOHS Logistics Group. Task Force human assets are comprised from organized and trained local responders. This process provides professionally trained deployable support and assets throughout Mississippi communities and surrounding states. When an incident(s) overwhelms a community or major event demands additional support, organized Task Force teams may requested as needed.