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SUPERIOR - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Douglas County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Bob Jauch and State Representative Frank Boyle.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included: conceal carry for retired law enforcement officers, Byrne Grant funding, the need for more state prosecutors and state public defenders, Internet Crimes Against Children, and Victim Witness Program funding.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Jauch and Representative Boyle 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 Douglas County," Van Hollen said. "Sharing information between the Department of Justice, the State Legislature, and local agencies helps law enforcement at every level."
"The need for partnership between the State and local law enforcement officials was clearly communicated at each of the six 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 Douglas County and throughout northern Wisconsin."
"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to bring local and state law enforcement personnel together, along with local elected officials, for an open and honest dialogue about the needs of northern Wisconsin," said Boyle. "It is my hope that these roundtables will continue throughout the state in the upcoming years."
"I thank Sen. Jauch and Rep. Boyle for attending and helping to put together this roundtable," said Van Hollen. "These discussions help us in state government do a better job."