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BARRON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Barron County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Bob Jauch and State Representative Mary Hubler.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included the need for additional funding for prosecutors, increased penalties for repeat drunk drivers, Restorative Justice Programs and the need to clarify legal questions that arise with the use of video conferencing when it comes to court proceedings.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Jauch and Representative Hubler 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 Barron County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Barron County."
"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 Barron County and throughout northern Wisconsin," said Jauch.
"This was a great opportunity for members of the Barron County law enforcement community, the court system and other area leaders to discuss subjects of common interest with their legislators and Attorney General Van Hollen," Representative Mary Hubler said. "Cooperation and communication between state and local government is essential to confronting criminal justice issues statewide."
"Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job," said Van Hollen.