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SHAWANO - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Shawano and Menominee counties at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Representative Gary Tauchen, State Representative Jeff Mursau and State Representative John Nygren.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included public law 280 and mutual aid for tribal law enforcement, prescription drug use and abuse, school safety, lack of state prosecutors, the elimination of Truth In Sentencing and Internet Crimes Against Children.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Representative Tauchen, Representative Mursau and Representative Nygren 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 Shawano County and Menominee County," Van Hollen said. "Sharing information between the Department of Justice, the State Legislature, and local agencies helps law enforcement at every level."
"It was a productive meeting and important for all sides to better understand law enforcement issues," said Rep. Tauchen. "This meeting provided a dialogue to address those issues."
"I would like to thank the Attorney General for taking the time to meet with local law enforcement officials," said Rep. Mursau. "There are a lot of things we can teach each other and this type of roundtable discussion is beneficial for everybody involved."
"The Shawano County Roundtable was productive and a good way to let the Attorney General know about law enforcement concerns in the communities I serve," said Rep. Nygren. "Public safety is very important to me and hopefully by facilitating a discussion between the leading law enforcement officer of the state and our local law enforcement personnel, we can better protect and serve the residents of our local communities."
"I thank Rep. Tauchen, Rep. Mursau and Rep. Nygren for attending and helping to put together this roundtable," said Van Hollen. "These discussions help us in state government do a better job."