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Harry S. Kubojiri William P. Kenoi Police Chief Mayor Paul K. Ferreira Deputy Police Chief County of Hawai' i POLICE DEPARTMENT -, 349 Kapi'olani Street • Hilo, Hawaii 96720-3998 ~- ... Cf) rn --" (808) 935-3311 • Fax (808) 961-2389 September 9,2009 TO: FROM: SUBJECT: In accordance with the semi-annual reporting requirements of Chapter 14, Article 16, Section 14-102(2) of the Hawai'i County Code, the Hawai'i Police Department ("HPD") submits the following addendum to the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cannabis Statistics for period of November 2008 to May 2009 Memorandum dated May 29,2009 ("Memorandum"). 1. General Background After November 4, 2008, officers of the HPD were notified of Ordinance No. 08-181 and infonned to respect lowest priority enforcement in the case of adult personal use on private property when other laws are not being violated. Officers were also instructed to continue the established practice of checking for medical Iliarijuana licenses before requesting a· search warrant for private property, a practice that has been in effect since December 28, 2000. It is UNDISPUTED that Ordinance No. 08-181 DOES NOT LEGALIZE MARJIUANA. Mr. Adam' Lehman, Mr. Roger Christie and other individuals associated with the Peaceful Sky Alliance have aclmowledged this fact numerous times. II. Purpose of Addendum As previously indicated in our initial Memorandum, the HPD does not possess the ability to breakdown with absolute certainty the specific amount of time and money expended by the County of Hawai'i on the enforcement and punishment of marijuana offenses. However, by submitting this addendum the HPD attempts to provide you with an estimate based upon an average time/cost factor. Future memorandums relating to the Lowest Law Enforcement Priority of Cmmabis Statistics will use the same methodology. "Hawai'i County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer" KENNETH GOODENOW, COUNTY CLERK SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 PAGE 2 III. Addendum Estimates of Time and Money Expended by HPD For the time period of November 4, 2008 through May 31, 2009, there were approximately 104,233 calls for service. Of those 104,233 calls for service, approximately 291 were related to enforcement for all marijuana offenses. Thus, for the time period specified, 0.28% of the calls for. service were related to enforcement of adult cannabis offenses. This figure represents approximately .0275852483% of the HPD's budget. l There were no Counter Cannabis Field Operations conducted by the HPD during the aforementioned reporting period. However, on March 16-19,2009, a total of five HPD personnel assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration's Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program (DCE/SP) mission, by providing ground support for the operation that was conducted in both East and West Hawai'i. 2 It is important to note the following as it relates to the computation of the estimates contained within this addendum: 1. These estimates only cover the time period from November 4,2008 to May 31, 2009. 2. These estimates are inclusive of ALL cannabis offenses of individuals, to include those below 21 years of age. 3. These estimates include cannabis offenses that were incidental to other felony or misdemeanor offenses/charges. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Assistant Chief Marshall Kanehailua at 961-2261. 1 This figure includes grant funding that amounted to approximately 692.16 manpower hours and approximately $17,943.00 of salaries and overtime of personnel. 2 Three HPD officers assisted on March 16-17, 2009. Two HPD officers assisted on March 18-19, 2009.
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