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ASHLAND - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Ashland County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Bob Jauch and State Representative Gary Sherman.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included doctor shopping for prescriptions, crime victim restitution, internet crimes against children, and sentences for defendants committing crimes against children.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Jauch and Representative Sherman 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 Ashland 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 Ashland 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.
"I thank Sen. Jauch and Rep. Sherman for attending and helping to put together this roundtable," said Van Hollen. "These discussions help us in state government do a better job."