• Welcome from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen...

    Thank you for visiting the Wisconsin Department of Justice. We exist to protect public safety and to serve the people of this great state. It is my honor, as your Attorney General, to stand alongside the outstanding men and women of law enforcement, and those who prosecute crime, as we carry out this mission.

    J.B. Van Hollen
  • A Look Back at the Past Eight Years

    Nearly eight years ago, I had the privilege and honor of taking the oath of office as Wisconsin’s 43rd Attorney General. As I conclude my tenure, I prepare to depart this office knowing we’ve made significant contributions to public safety. I’m extremely proud of these contributions by the dedicated DOJ staff and I encourage you to learn more about your Department of Justice.

    J.B. Van Hollen
  • Victim Services Providers Praise Move to Add Animal Cruelty to the UCR Program

    Victim services providers and others are praising the move by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division to add animal cruelty as a separate offense in the National Incident Based Reporting System, which collects crime data from law enforcement for the UCR Program.

    Sad puppy
  • New Protocol for Untested Sexual Assault Kits

    AG Van Hollen is pleased to announce a new protocol to address untested sexual assault kits residing with local law enforcement. The new protocol is the result of work done by the AG’s Sexual Assault Response Team, or SART, which convened for the first time in late 2012. The new protocol more compassionately addresses the needs of victims while ensuring kits that should be tested are forwarded to the lab promptly.

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  • Detection Canine “Addie” Remembered for Contributions, Deeply Missed by MEG Unit

    AG Van Hollen, the DOJ and the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) Unit are mourning the loss of the Unit’s Drug Detection Canine “Addie,” who passed away Oct. 28, 2014, after serving the Unit for several years.  Due to Addie’s efforts, significant quantities of dangerous drugs were removed from the streets of the Fox Valley, making the community safer and stronger.

    Drug detection canine, Addie

A Dangerous Epidemic

Traditionally thought of as a problem confined to big cities, desperate people and dark alleys, heroin has found a new foothold in Wisconsin's small towns and suburban communities.

Open Government

The Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law endeavor to open the workings of government to the public, shed light on government actions and, in the process, strengthen our democracy.

Silver Alert Program

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of WI reports at least 116,000 people statewide suffer from dementia, with more than half likely to wander. Silver Alerts notify the public when a vulnerable senior is missing.

Concealed Carry Law

Permanent rules effective June 1, 2013, decreased application fee and refined definition of firearms safety and training course…

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a crime that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another through the use of force, fraud or coercion. Trafficked victims are...

Protecting Our Children

In September 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice began a national Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program to...