LESO Program Overview: The National defense Authorization Act authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transfer excess Department of Defense (DoD) personal property to Federal, state and local Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) with special emphasis given to counter drug and counter terrorism. The LESO Program (formerly the 1033 Program) allows LEAs to receive DoD excess property. If you qualify and choose to participate, your organization will become one of over 13,000 local LEAs who have taken advantage of this unique program.
Applying for Participation
Two criterion must be met in order to be eligible for participation in the program. The first criterion is being a governmental agency whose primary function is the enforcement of applicable federal, state, and local laws. The second is you must have at least one full time compensated officer who is TCOLE certified and has the authority to arrest and apprehend. Three steps must be completed in order to participate in the program: a completed 15 page Application Packet must be signed and submitted (to email@example.com) for approval, once approved, screeners must set up accounts in the FAMWEB, AMPS, RTD Business Portal websites and at least one screener must attend a mandatory training class prior to any requests for property being approved. In order to remain active in the program, an updated Application Packet along with a physical inventory of all property received, must be submitted annually by December 1 (as well as every time an agency's contact info or POC’s change).
Screening (Requesting Property)
Screening worldwide for excess property is extremely simple and is done online through the Reutilization, Transfer, Donation (RTD) Business Portal website. You can search for specific items or for a broad range of materials. You can even create a want list, so the system can search for you.
Property Accountability and File Management
Property obtained from the LESO Program must be inventoried annually through the FAMWEB website (due by Dec 1 each year). All LESO Program records must be maintained in accordance with the State Plan of Operation (SPO) that is signed by the LEA’s Chief Law Enforcement Official (CLEO) and Civilian Governing Body Authorized Official (CGB). In the event there is a change in administration, the new CLEO and/or CGB is responsible for all LESO Program property until new Application Packet is submitted and approved.
Texas LESO Training Information
We offer quarterly training sessions where you will learn valuable information regarding policies and procedures and get hands-on practice with requesting property and maintaining your inventory. Due to the recent Executive Order signed by President Obama, it is now mandatory that all new participants must attend a training class prior to any requests for property being approved. Bring your laptops and your questions. Click on the title to see when the next class is and how to register!
Some equipment is scarce, unavailable on line, or is in such high demand that additional steps are taken to ensure equitable distribution is given throughout the nation. If your agency is interested in acquiring Aircraft, Weapons, Tactical Vehicles or miscellaneous restricted property, please use the corresponding links below to ensure the correct forms are submitted for approval.