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Steingraeber First Retired Department of Justice Employee to Receive Permit


MADISON Attorney General JB Van Hollen today presented Tom Steingraeber with the first permit issued to a retired Department of Justice law enforcement official to carry a concealed weapon. Van Hollen issued the permit under the authority placed in him by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004. This federal law establishes guidelines by which experienced retired law enforcement officers who maintain firearms training may obtain certification that would allow those officers to carry firearms of the type they used while on the force.


"As I have traveled across the state, I have repeatedly heard from active and retired law enforcement officers who are concerned with the failure of many of their community police agencies to implement what is commonly referred to as HR 218," said Van Hollen.


"Make no mistake about it, federal law permits law enforcement agencies to issue permits to those persons who qualify."


Under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police have the authority to issue the permits for retired members of their individual law enforcement agency to carry concealed weapons. Among the requirements to qualify, a person needs to have 15 years of service as a law enforcement officer, needs to pass an annual firearms certification and needs to be honorably retired. The permit must be issued from the agency from which the law enforcement officer retires.


"I believe it is important to put our money where our mouth is," said Van Hollen. "By having the Department of Justice take the lead when it comes to providing one of our own retired law enforcement officers with a permit to carry a concealed firearm, I believe it shows that we have the confidence in local law enforcement agencies in their ability to do this on their own."


Steingraeber successfully completed his training on May 29. The hand gun qualification test that Mr. Steingraeber needed to pass is identical to the exam used for active Department of Justice agents.


Van Hollen presented Steingraeber with his permit at a ceremony today at the Attorney General's Capitol office. Steingraeber retired from the Department of Justice in 1993, where he served as the Bureau Director for the White Collar Crimes Bureau in the Division of Criminal Investigation. Steingraeber's law enforcement career spans over 40 years. He began his career as a police officer with the Milwaukee Police Department.


A number of local law enforcement agencies, including the Dane County, Lincoln County and Racine County Sheriff's offices, have put in place a similar program.


(Pictured from left to right are: Mike Myszewski, the Director of the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation; Tom Steingraeber; Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen;


Mitchell Steingraeber, Tom's son; Craig Klyve, Director of Investigative Services for the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation)