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HUDSON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout St. Croix County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, State Representative Kitty Rhoades and State Representative John Murtha.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included sex offender registry, teen courts, cooperative agreements with law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and the need for a photo ID to be included on the T.I.M.E. system.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Harsdorf, Representative Rhoades and Representative Murtha for organizing this successful roundtable. Each county has public safety issues that specifically affect them. While many of these issues affect the entire state, it is important for me to understand how the Department of Justice can assist St. Croix County," Van Hollen said. "Sharing information between the Department of Justice, the State Legislature, and local agencies helps law enforcement at every level."
"I applaud the Attorney General's outreach to local officials and am pleased to be part of the roundtable," said Harsdorf. "Local officials are on the frontlines of ensuring safe communities. They were critical in our efforts to initiate and enact the Crackdown on Meth Act that has reversed the plague of meth labs in western Wisconsin. We need their continued active involvement."
"Because St. Croix County borders the Twin Cities metro area, we are often the first to experience new trends in crime. Our local officials are critical in identifying these trends and provide extremely useful information to other communities, prior to becoming a statewide issue," said Rhoades. "Today was a great opportunity for local leaders to discuss issues affecting western Wisconsin directly with Attorney General Van Hollen. I look forward to continue working with all area leaders to ensure the state is partnering with local governments to protect and serve our communities."
"This roundtable forum allows the Attorney General and the many government officials of St. Croix County the opportunity to sit down and discuss the unique law enforcement issues that face our county and region. It is important for us all to keep an open communication when it comes to the law enforcement community," said Murtha. "Through communication we are able to strengthen our efforts to keep our communities safe. I want to thank the Attorney General for extending this opportunity to us and I look forward to working with him toward improving our public safety."
"I thank Sen. Harsdorf, Rep. Rhoades and Rep. Murtha for attending and helping to put together this roundtable," said Van Hollen. "These discussions help us in state government do a better job."