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Illegal Activities in Beach Parks Focus of Program

September 6, 2012, 3:20 PM HST
* Updated September 6, 3:21 PM
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Big Island police are stepping up efforts to stem illegal drinking and drug use in county parks.

The department’s Community Policing Unit will partner with other local agencies and with community members to address the illicit activities. The effort will begin with an education and community awareness program.

Toward that, community policing officers will speak with people at Hilo’s beach parks to hear their concerns.

Community Policing Officer Nicole Leyson described beach parks as a “precious asset to the community.”

“While the County of Hawaii prides itself in the many parks available to the community, all too often they become the staging area for illegal alcohol consumption and drug use,” she said.

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The officers and community organizations will staff an information booth at Richardson Beach Park from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

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For information call Leyson at 961-8121.

 

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