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HAYWARD - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Sawyer County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Bob Jauch and State Representative Gary Sherman.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included Internet Crimes Against Children, Restorative Justice, Drug Courts, and the need for additional prosecutors.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Jauch and Representative Sherman 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 Sawyer County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Sawyer County."
"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 Sawyer County and throughout northern Wisconsin," said Jauch.
"I thank Attorney General Van Hollen for initiating this process. As a person of 23 years of public safety experience involving interagency cooperation, I strongly believe in the importance of communication between the various entities having responsibility for protecting the public. All participants offered valuable insights and I am especially grateful to Senator Jauch for his knowledgeable contribution," said Sherman.
"Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job," said Van Hollen.