New proposal for agriculture theft enforcement


PROPOSAL IN THE STATE IS LOOKING TO DO. THIS COMES ONE MONTH AFTER A LOCAL COFFEE FARM WAS HIT. KIMBERLEE SPEAKMAN HAS MORE IN A NEW STORY AT 9. KIMBERLEE SPEAKMAN, WAHIAWA: FROM COFFEE BEANS TO PAPAYA FRUIT, ONE NEW PROPOSAL IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE IS LOOKING TO CREATE AN ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM TO CATCH THOSE THIEVES AND VANDALS DOING THE CRIME.” SEN. DONOVAN DELA CRUZ, D WAHIAWA, MILILANI MAUKA: “IF WE’RE SERIOUS DOUBLING FOOD PRODUCTION AND INCREASING OUR AGRICULTURE ACTIVITY, THEN SECURITY IS GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY A BIGGER ROLE.” WHILE THERE’S CURRENTLY A PILOT PROJECT ON MAUI AND THE BIG ISLAND TO HAVE AN AGRICULTURAL INVESTIGATOR WORK ON THESE KINDS OF ISSUES…DELA CRUZ WANTS TO CREATE A WHOLE NEW BRANCH OF LAW ENFORCEMENT UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. SEN. DONOVAN DELA CRUZ: “I THINK FOR CENTRAL OAHU THEY’RE GOING TO NEED A STAFF OF AT LEAST A DOZEN PEOPLE. THEY’RE TALKING 42-HUNDRED ACRES.” MODELED AFTER THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES ENFORCEMENT, THESE OFFICERS WOULD PATROL FARM LANDS AND WOULD BE THE SOLE AGENCY TO INVESTIGATE AGRICULTURE THEFTS AND VANDALISM. SE. DONOVAN DELA CRUZ: “IN SPEAKING WITH SOME STAFF WITH THE DEP OF AG AND SPEAKING WITH FARMERS, THEY’VE ASKED FOR THIS KIND OF SYSTEM.” SEN. DONOVAN DELA CRUZ: “IT NEEDS TO BE OFFICERS FAMILIAR WITH THE LAY OF THE LAND, FAMILIAR WITH CERTAIN FARMERS FAMILIAR WITH WHERE THE HOT SPOTS ARE SO THAT WHEN THERE IS CRIME, THEY CAN TRACK IT EASY.” HALA TREE COFFEE OWNER, JEAN ORLOWSKI HAD 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF COFFEE STOLEN A FEW STILL DON’T KNOW WHO STOLE THE COFFEE. BUT HE HOPES MORE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. JEAN ORLOWSKI, HALA TREE COFFEE: “WE NEED TO PUT PRESSURE ON WHOEVER IS BUYING THIS STOLEN COFFEE BECAUSE THERE MUST BE SOME BUYER SOMEWHERE.” JEAN ORLOWSKI: “EVERYTHING WILL HELP. I THINK THE MORE PRESSURE WE PUT ON THOSE BUYERS WHOEVER THEY ARE, I THINK BY HAVING SOMEBODY DEDICATED, THIS PERSON WILL REALLY KNOW THE ENVIRONMENT.” KIMBERLEE SPEAKMAN: “AS FOR HOW MUCH THIS KIND OF ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM COULD COST, SENATOR DELA CRUZ TELLS ME THATS SOMETHING THEY’RE STILL WORKING ON. REPORTING FROM WAHIAWA KIMBERLEE SPEAKMAN, KHON2 NEWS, WORKING FOR HAWAII.” BRIG:

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