According to a story appearing on the My News LA website, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced it had been awarded a $1.5 million grant for DUI prosecution and training.
District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement that the grant would further his office’s goals in preventing and reducing drug and alcohol-related fatalities and injuries.
The California Office of Traffic Safety issued the grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It will help the LADA’s Office with its DUI Training and Prosecution Section (DTAPS) to further improve training and resources to work with local law enforcement agencies. The grant will also help train more officers to become certified drug recognition experts.
The California Office of Traffic Safety will also fund a drug recognition expert through the LADA’s Office to be available to deputy district attorneys for any and all DUI-related incidents.
The DUI Training and Prosecution Section was created in 2016 to train deputy district attorneys, local law enforcement agencies, and officers to investigate and prosecute DUI alcohol and drug cases.
The California Office of Traffic Safety and the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have also awarded grants to local law enforcement agencies to conduct DUI checkpoints and critical locations in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and other counties where more significant numbers of DUI incidents have occurred in the past.