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Ladysmith - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Rusk County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Representative Mary Williams.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included public safety cuts in the state budget, drunk driving penalties, school safety issues, prosecutor cutbacks in the budget and pay progression in their offices.
"I would like to thank Representative Williams for organizing this successful roundtable. I am grateful, as well, to 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 Rusk County lends itself to a meaningful discussion about how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Rusk County."
"This is the third roundtable I've hosted with Attorney General Van Hollen, and I think this one went even better than the first two. We have a great law enforcement and justice system in Rusk County and it's good to know AG Van Hollen will be working with us to keep up that reputation," said Representative Mary Williams. "This was an excellent opportunity for our local officials to discuss important issues with him and now that he's seen first-hand how local law enforcement works here in Rusk County, I think we will all benefit in our ability to work together to fight crime."
"Protecting public safety is my priority and should be that of state government. Meetings like these help us do a better job," said Van Hollen.