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Local Agency Compensated Enforcement (L.A.C.E.)

The Fatal Accident Reduction Enforcement program, or F.A.R.E, was originally developed in the 1960s by the Federal Department of Transportation. It provided money to the officers to work overtime in order to enforce DWI laws. Since that time, multiple overtime programs have ben developed to enforce traffic regulations in local jurisdictions all over America. Those include seatbelt enforcement, DWI checkpoints, Motor Carrier Safety and normal speed enforcement.

The Local Agency Compensated Enforcement program, or “L.A.C.E.”, became a part of Louisiana law enforcement in the 1980s after the Louisiana State Police severely suffered from a lack of state funding. Troopers were depleted because there were no academies. L.A.C.E. was patterned after previous programs to put more state troopers on the road when the state could no longer afford pay. The programs expanded to many or most local jurisdictions.

The program has run in North Louisiana continually for over the past decade. As a direct result traffic accidents and fatalities have significantly reduced with the implementation of the program in DeSoto Parish.

Local law enforcement agencies are authorized and paid by the DeSoto Parish District Attorney’s Office to work overtime details to enforce traffic and other laws.

The various law enforcement agencies have complete control over their respective officers as to the locations where officers work, which allows agency heads to place officers in high crash and high crime areas around the parish. The District Attorney’s Office reimburses agencies for overtime salaries, use of patrol cars and mileage when working the L.A.C.E. detail.

The revenue generated from this program is used not only to fund the operation of the District Attorney’s Office but also to acquire various types of equipment to assist law enforcement agencies (such as radar units and new state-of-the-art digital ticket machines), and other equipment that may help the various law enforcement agencies. Also, the L.A.C.E. program has over the years provided significant funding for the area Parish Public Defender’s Office. In the future, more agencies who provide community services can be provided funding for their work to help members of the community.