In the “single leader” model, the leader could be a federal or local law enforcement agency, federal or state prosecutor, or victim service provider. A single leader model may develop as a reflection of capacity or leadership skills or as a result of a grant for the operation of that task force. Oftentimes, leadership responsibilities rest on an individual law enforcement officer, typically a detective or investigator who is responsible for both conducting investigations and leading the task force, a situation that makes it difficult to find time to accomplish both objectives. The leaders of some task forces are state agencies such as statewide law enforcement associations or the state Attorney General’s office, or federal agencies such as ICE or FBI. For many task forces, the leader or co-leader is the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In this model, some task forces note that the administrative duties of running the task force, in addition to task force management and other work duties, can be very challenging considering already busy schedules. Typically, these task forces bring together all members to discuss coordination of ongoing cases and cooperate to provide training to groups outside of the task force. They may be a relatively small group so that additional committees are not required.
In this model, task forces often assign or hire part-time or full-time project managers to support information sharing, schedule trainings, convene meetings and provide meeting minutes, and manage the grant. Some cited this practice as ideal. Some task forces hire outside consultants to generate state and local law enforcement agency commitment on human trafficking and help bridge the gap between law enforcement and service providers.
A typical single leader task force model is depicted below.