About LEIU

The Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU) is an organization whose mission is providing leadership and promoting professionalism in the criminal intelligence community in order to protect public safety and constitutional rights. LEIU was founded in 1956 and subsequently established criminal intelligence standards that are recognized by both law enforcement and civil libertarians as creating a proper balance between the needs of law enforcement and the constitutional privacy rights of individuals. LEIU maintains a criminal intelligence clearinghouse that facilitates the timely exchange of confidential information among its 240 local, state, and federal member agencies. Its annual conference provides for certificated training and the opportunity for intelligence professionals to network with other members and their associates. LEIU also provides its members with evaluation and technical assistance in the formation and organization of their agency’s intelligence function. In addition, LEIU provides timely publications and appropriate advocacy for professional criminal intelligence standards on the national level. LEIU is an agency-based membership. If your agency is not a member and would like to join or receive information on joining, please contact the LEIU Central Coordinating Agency at leiu@doj.ca.gov or call LEIU at 916-263-1178. Let LEIU be “Your voice at the national level!”

History, Purpose, and Operations

Full Details of History, Purpose, and Operations

File Guidelines

Full Details of File Guidelines

When was LEIU formed?
  • As a result of the recognized need for a coordinated exchange of criminal information between local law enforcement agencies on traveling criminals, twenty six (26) law enforcement agencies met in San Francisco, California on March 29, 1956 to discuss problems and possible solutions. The most important result of that meeting was the creation of the LAW ENFORCEMENT INTELLIGENCE UNIT (LEIU) whose sole function was to address this issue of sharing confidential criminal information. Over the succeeding decades, LEIU’s membership grew to over 240 agencies and it subsequently opened its membership to federal agencies. In 2008, in order to more appropriately represent its membership, LEIU changed its name to the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units. It has, however, maintained its original acronym—LEIU.
Who is eligible to be a LEIU member?
  • A municipal, county, state, or federal law enforcement agency having a criminal intelligence function which meet all other criteria of a Member Agency as established by the Executive Board. Exceptions must be approved by the Executive Board. An individual federal agency member may be appointed by the General Chairperson to represent federal agencies on the Executive Board. Only municipal county and state agency members are eligible to hold other Association offices.
  • Associate status is available to individuals in the below listed categories. Any person who meets the specified criteria can apply to become an associate. Exceptions must be approved by the Executive Board. Applicants in category 1 must provide a documented supervisory recommendation from their employing agency to apply for membership. Category 2 applicants must provide an endorsement from their former agency to apply. Associates do not have voting rights and cannot hold elected Association office. Associates do not have access to information contained in the LEIU confidential database and must identify their Associate standing when communicating with employees of a member agency.
    1. Individuals assigned to National Intelligence functions – This category includes individual law enforcement and non-law enforcement federal employees assigned to national security details whose employing agency is not a member agency.
    2. Retired LEIU Representatives – Retired, former law enforcement personnel who have served as an LEIU primary representative or who represented a LEIU member agency at two (2) or more National or Bi-Zone training seminars.