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PRESCOTT - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Pierce County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Sheila Harsdorf and State Representative Kitty Rhoades.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included Internet Crimes Against Children, lack of prosecutors, truancy, funding for law enforcement training, the ability to use video conferencing in court proceedings and for training purposes 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 and Rep. Rhoades for organizing this successful roundtable. I would also like to thank all of the participants for attending and taking part in the discussions. Every county and community in Wisconsin faces different public safety challenges," said Van Hollen. "Having the opportunity to listen to local law enforcement, community leaders and elected officials from Pierce County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Pierce County."
"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 Pierce 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."
"Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job," said Van Hollen.