The U.S. Justice Department has awarded two grants totalling nearly $1.2 million to a new group of prosecutors for training on community prosecutions and animal abuse cases. The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys was created this year by David LaBahn, a former official of the National District Attorneys Association. While NDAA focuses on elected state prosecutors, APA aims at line attorneys, including both state and federal prosecutors. APA’s board is headed by Glenn Ivey, the chief prosecutor in Prince George’s County, Md., adjoining Washington, D.C.
One grant to the new group,for nearly $700,000, provides funds for training of local prosecutors in community prosecution programs. The other, for nearly $500,000 deals with helping prosecutors bring cases involving dog fighting and cockfighting. The group held a training session for prosecutors on the issue last month at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. It said, “After the national attention received during the Michael Vick prosecution for dog fighting, legislators, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers have realized that public sentiment demands vigorous protection of our most vulnerable victims.”