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SIREN - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Burnett County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Sheila Harsdorf and State Representative Ann Hraychuck. Other legislators attending included Senator Bob Jauch.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included Internet Crimes Against Children, prosecutor shortages in District Attorney offices and scrap metal theft.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Harsdorf and Representative Hraychuck 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 Burnett County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Burnett 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."
"Keeping lines of communication open between the Attorney General's office in Madison and Burnett County law enforcement, justice and elected officials will encourage collaboration and strengthen our efforts to keep our communities safe. I appreciate the Attorney General holding these roundtables and reaching out to northern Wisconsin counties," said Rep. Ann Hraychuck.
"Local law enforcement's primary responsibility is to keep citizens safe and secure and they 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 Burnett County and throughout northern Wisconsin," said Jauch.
"Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job," said Van Hollen.