Basic Information About LED
As mandated by Public Act 302 of 1982, as amended, the purpose of the law enforcement distribution (LED) program is to annually distribute justice training funds to eligible agencies for in-service criminal justice training of their MCOLES licensed law enforcement officers.
In order to be eligible to receive Law Enforcement Distribution funds, a law enforcement agency must be a governmental agency of the executive branch of this state or a subdivision of this state authorized to employ licensed law enforcement officers. Any other agencies providing law enforcement services are not eligible to receive LED funds. Only MCOLES licensed law enforcement officers, employed by an eligible entity, are eligible trainees under this program.
The Act also requires an eligible agency to submit an annual registration to establish or maintain eligibility to receive a distribution of justice training funds. Annual eligibility is determined by several factors. A complete and accurate registration shall be submitted, in the manner prescribed by the Commission, on or before the established deadline.
Report of Prior LED Expenditures. A complete accounting of expenditures, charged to justice training LED funds during the prior calendar year, must accompany the Annual Registration in the manner prescribed by the Commission.
Maintenance of Effort. It is the intent of the Act to provide supplemental funding, not replace local funding, for in-service criminal justice training. To ensure compliance with this intent, the amount of local funds budgeted annually by the local unit of government for in-service training must be equal to, or greater than, the amount budgeted for in-service training on October 12, 1982, or the first year of program participation. This initial figure is referred to as the agency's "base year" amount.
Roster of Officers. The law enforcement agency must employ a minimum of one full-time equated (FTE) officer for the calendar year prior to which the registration is submitted. Effective with the 1995 registration, a roster of licensed officers must be provided in a manner prescribed by the Commission.
Two-year Expenditure Period. Effective with the 1990 distribution, recipient agencies are required to expend their entire annual distribution within two calendar years of the year of distribution. For example, LED funds received during 2010 must be expended prior to December 31, 2012. If the distribution is not expended within this time frame, the agency will be ineligible to receive any additional LED funding until the balance is expended, and reported to the Commission. LED funds that are not used within five calendar years of the distribution are subject to return to the Justice Training Fund for redistribution.