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SHELL LAKE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Washburn County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Bob Jauch and State Representative Mary Hubler.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included OWI's and alcohol abuse, the sale and use of fireworks, Drug Courts, and Internet Crimes Against Children.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Jauch and Representative Hubler 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 Washburn County," Van Hollen said. "Sharing information between the Department of Justice, the State Legislature, and local agencies helps law enforcement at every level."
"Local law enforcement is on the front line of providing safety to citizens and cannot do it alone. It is crucial that the State provide the resources and technical assistance to assure local officials are capable of confronting the increased challenges they face here in Washburn County and throughout northern Wisconsin," said Jauch.
"This roundtable discussion was an excellent opportunity for law enforcement agencies, the courts and other community leaders to discuss important criminal justice issues with Attorney General Van Hollen and their legislators," Rep. Mary Hubler said. "Policies that are made at the state level and laws that are passed by the Legislature are applied by local police forces and local courts," she said. "It is vital that the Department of Justice and lawmakers hear the real concerns of the people who work with the justice system."
"I thank Sen. Jauch and Rep. Hubler for attending and helping to put together this roundtable," said Van Hollen. "These discussions help us in state government do a better job."