HONOLULU (KHNL) - Lt. Governor Duke Aiona and several top law enforcement officials announced Wednesday during a news conference at the State Capitol, results of coordinated, crime prevention efforts within the state.
Chief among them were signs of progress from steps taken to curb crystal methamphetamine use, or "Ice," across Hawai'i. U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo Jr., Attorney General Mark Bennett, Honolulu Deputy Police Chief Michael Tucker and the Lt. Governor also highlighted key efforts to prevent crime against residents and visitors alike.
Examples included 'Ewa Weed and Seed, which was recently recognized at the National Conference on Preventing Crime, and the Hawai'i Hotel Visitor Industry Security Association, a statewide group created to share information on crime among hotels. That was in addition to the Totally Against Graffiti (TAG) team, which has attracted more than 100 volunteers for paint-outs in such neighborhoods as McCully and Moili'ili.
"We must continue to take an aggressive and collective approach to address our drug and property crime issues," Lt. Governor Aiona said. "These are the types of crimes that destroy families and tear at the fabric of our society."
The Lt. Governor also said fewer people in adult treatment centers are identifying "Ice" as their primary drug of choice, decreasing from 50.2 percent in 2004 to 48.2 percent today, according to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the state Department of Health.
In addition, the number of meth labs across the state has decreased from 16 in 2004 to two this year, according to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Lt. Governor Aiona attributed the decrease, in part, to more restrictive laws to purchase active ingredients in home-based meth labs.
"These are all very clear signals that we're making significant progress in our efforts to curb "Ice" use," Lt. Governor Aiona said.