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 with special emphasis given to counter drug and counter terrorism. The Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), located at the Defense Logistics Agency, Disposition Services Headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan, is responsible for the management of the LESO (1033) Program on the federal level. The LESO (1033) Program allows law enforcement agencies to receive DoD excess property.
To participate, the governor of the state must appoint, in writing, a state coordinator who is responsible for ensuring proper oversight of participating agencies from that state. The Ohio Department of Public Safety Ohio LESO is the designated coordinating agency for the Federal LESO (1033) Program in Ohio. The Ohio LESO is responsible for ensuring the program is used correctly by participating agencies, and assisting agencies in maintaining property accountability. In addition, the Ohio LESO assists agencies with gaining access to the program and the necessary authorizations to request and receive property.
To qualify to participate in the program, agencies must be governmental entities whose primary function is the enforcement of applicable federal, state, and local laws. Agencies must also have at least one full-time compensated officer with the authority to arrest and apprehend.
Once in the program, agencies can screen and request excess Department of Defense property through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Disposition Services. Participating agencies can review and request excess property electronically through the Reutilization, Transfer, and Donation (RTD) System.
Agencies may receive general property and controlled property through the LESO program.
Ownership of general property transfers to the receiving agency one year from the date of shipment. Agencies are responsible for all controlled property until authorized to turn in or transfer with the final approval from the LESO Program. Agencies in Ohio have received the following types of equipment: office furniture, all-terrain vehicles, tools, armored vehicles, tents, small arms, safes, generators, exercise equipment, first aid supplies, and computer components.
Ohio's 1033 Program Coordinator Office
Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio, 43223