New DHS Commission to Review Law Enforcement Best Practices: Mayorkas

The process of establishing a commission began before the CBP incident last week.

The Homeland Security Ministry announced on Wednesday the formation of the Law Enforcement Coordination Council – an effort to “institutionalize best practices in law enforcement,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in an interview with ABC News.

The LECC, chaired by Mayorkas, is the “very first” department-wide body that will serve as the governing body for departmental agencies such as US Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Law Enforcement. customs, Mayorkas said.

During his previous stint in the department from 2009, best practices in law enforcement training and use of force policies were a subject of Mayorkas’ portfolio.

“We bring, in my opinion, a greater organization, a greater cohesion to [law enforcement policies]”Mayorkas said.” And the Law Enforcement Coordination Council is made up not only of the agencies that perform the law enforcement mission, but also of the offices of our department which also have important offices. overseeing actions, for example, such as the Office for Civil Rights and Freedoms, the Privacy Office and the Inspector General’s Office. “

The commission announced on Wednesday was not swayed by photos of border patrol officers on horseback aggressively chasing migrants attempting to cross the southern border, Mayorkas said.

“These efforts began long before the incident in question,” Mayorkas said.

“We have been receiving broader inquiries for some time now, regarding our training, practices and procedures are policies that include the use of force … and as we communicate in response to those inquiries we have felt that it was appropriate for the transparency service, to communicate directly with the public, ”he said.

Mayorkas said he has no idea when the investigation into the mounted border patrol officers will be completed.

“I know that investigators understand the need to act both thoroughly and quickly, and they are conducting the investigation independently,” he said.

Mayorkas explained that the results of the commission and best practices will be fed into the federal law enforcement training center of the ministry.

Many state and local law enforcement agencies train at the training center, the secretary said.

Mayorkas also said the commission would review various policies of Department of Homeland Security agencies, to ensure that any discrepancies in law enforcement policies between agencies are “intentional” to meet the needs of that agency.

Mayorkas said the department would move at “deliberate speed” to put these policies in place and share them with the public, but offered no concrete timeline.

Aurora J. William