New law enforcement branch joins Georgia Department of Agriculture

Law enforcement powers return to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which oversees Georgia’s largest economic sector and last had powers in 2013. Harlan Proveaux, the new department head, says they will look at areas such as animal cruelty and drugs in agriculture and agricultural terrorism and will support local law enforcement.

Proveaux says he hopes to have 10 sworn officers, depending on what tasks the General Assembly gives his office. There will be at least one federally funded official focused solely on human trafficking, an issue that has come to the fore in recent years.