The Maui News - A proposed agreement between the Maui Police Department and the U.S. Air Force would provide protection to the Maui Space Surveillance Complex. The proposal details plans for the MPD to communicate directly with the Air Force civilian police who work at the Haleakala summit, where the center is located, in the event of an emergency. The agreement comes as a result of a report released last year by the Air Force, citing a lack of a written agreement and confusion over jurisdiction last year.
The three-year agreement is pending approval by the Maui County Council. The Air Force originally complained about not being permitted to carry weapons. The draft agreement aims to remove that limitation.
It also clarifies jurisdiction for both the Air Force and MPD, saying that the Air Force can't enforce state law but is permitted to detain and hold suspects "until appropriate law enforcement authorities can respond and assume control of the situation."