LA District Attorney’s Office Awarded $1.5M Grant for DUI Training, Prosecution

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
October 29, 2021 Updated: October 29, 2021

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $1.5 million grant for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) training and prosecution.

“This grant will further our goals of preventing impaired driving and reducing alcohol and drug-related fatalities and injuries,” District Attorney George Gascon said in an Oct. 29 statement.

The funding will allow the office’s DUI Training and Prosecution Section (DTAPS) to continue to improve training tools and resources to work with law enforcement and increase the number of officers certified as drug recognition experts, according to the DA’s office.

The grant was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As part of the grant, the Office of Traffic Safety has agreed to partially fund a drug recognition expert—through the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation—who will be made available to all deputy district attorneys for DUI-related issues.

DTAPS, formed in 2016, has taken a leadership role in training local law enforcement employees and deputy district attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of alcohol and drug-related DUI cases, according to the DA’s office.