Re-elected in June with no opposition, District Attorney Lacey plans to crack down on child abuse and drugs.
“I want to examine new ways to use the resources of my office to combat two areas of increasing public concern: child abuse and opiate addiction,” said District Attorney Lacey.
“We must do everything in our power to protect our children. It is time we reassess the laws and procedures that are designed to protect minors from abuse and neglect – but sometimes fail them.”
Lacey made her remarks after being sworn in to her second four-year term as Los Angeles County’s 42nd District Attorney. She was re-elected in June without opposition. It was the first time in 60 years that a Los Angeles County District Attorney ran unchallenged.
“We also will use our expertise in prosecuting major narcotics dealers to fearlessly go after those who illegally supply opiates,” she said.
In advocating elimination of bias training, Lacey said she wants to guard against actual or perceived observations that racial or ethnic bias play in the prosecution of cases in Los Angeles County.
Elected officials, the DA’s office, family and friends were all present to see Lacey sworn-in for her second term. Some of her colleagues took a moment to share their feelings and thoughts about Lacey’s second term.
“She’s really done a lot for the community in relation to recidivism and not just prosecuting people but really trying to understand the core issues of crime and being more preventative,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
“I’m very appreciative that she is here for a second term to continue her work.”
“I’m so proud of her,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
“I have the honor of working very closely with Jackie, we both share the Hall of Justice, so we’re kind of working out of the same base of operations.
“Jackie has taken up the cause and is moving forward in a way that is extremely professional but with a balance of compassion as well.
“I’m honored to be able to work with her.”
Lacey shared her thoughts on being re-elected for a second term and her plans goings forward.
“I’m very excited,” said Lacey.
“The first four years we accomplished a lot, there is nothing like on-the-job-training and really learning what the challenges are and so going into the next term, I’m excited about some of the new things I want to tackle.”
At the swearing-in ceremony, Lacy announced her plans to focus more attention on protecting children from abuse and neglect and addressing the growing opioid abuse epidemic. She also said she plans to mandate elimination of bias training for all prosecutors. Lacey wanted to thank the community for re-electing her to a second term.
“I thank the community for their support,” said Lacey. I appreciate everybody who voted for me and who supported me so that I could run for re-election unopposed.”
Brian W. Carter contributed to this article.