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HURLEY - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Iron County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Bob Jauch and State Representative Gary Sherman.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included drunk driving, Internet Crimes Against Children, prescription drug use and abuse, and domestic violence.
"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 Iron County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Iron County."
"The need for partnership between the State and local law enforcement officials was clearly communicated at each of the seven roundtables I have participated in," said Jauch. "Local law enforcement is doing an excellent job with available resources. 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 Iron County and throughout northern Wisconsin."
"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," said Sherman. "All participants offered valuable insights and I am especially grateful to Sen. Jauch for his knowledgeable contribution."
"Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job," said Van Hollen.