Local Agency Compensated Enforcement (L.A.C.E.)
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.
L.A.C.E. helps to fund the 14 entities as mandated by law and it allows the District Attorney to continue to operate a very successful Pre-Trial diversion program.
The DeSoto Parish District Attorney’s office has provided a myriad of resources regarding traffic safety information for the general public.
Traffic Diversion Program
The Desoto District Attorney’s Office has teamed with the Louisiana State Police and Mansfield Police Department to provide additional enforcement in areas of the parish that show high crash or high violation volume.