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MONTELLO Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Marquette County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Luther Olsen, State Representative Joan Ballweg and State Representative Fred Clark.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included Internet Crimes Against Children, lack of state prosecutors, drunk driving, lack of pay progression for state prosecutors, and returning to treating 17-year-olds as juveniles in the court system.
I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Olsen and Representatives Ballweg and Clark 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 Marquette County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Marquette County.
Its really great that our Attorney General is willing to go out into the trenches and listen to the law enforcement officers who keep us safe day in and day out, said State Senator Luther Olsen. These officers know best what will help them to do their jobs better, these face to face meetings with JB are a valuable way to make sure law enforcement officers have the information and the tools they need.
I appreciate that Attorney General Van Hollen wants to communicate with the local law enforcement community through this type of forum, said State Representative Joan Ballweg. Last year, I attended a similar session in Fond du Lac County, and all of the participants felt the meeting was beneficial. Its important for state and local officials to coordinate on matters of public safety.
I also want to commend the Attorney General for the improvements made at the State Crime Lab, which is alleviating the backlog for time sensitive tests, said Ballweg.
Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job, said Van Hollen