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PORTAGE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Columbia County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Luther Olsen and Representative Keith Ripp.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included Internet Crimes Against Children, reforms for the criminal justice system, criminal illegal aliens, and the need for more state prosecutors.
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Olsen and Representative Ripp 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 Columbia County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Columbia County."
"It's 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 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 want to thank Columbia County law enforcement officials for their tireless work that they do to keep the public safe," said Rep. Keith Ripp. "Today's roundtable discussion was the first step in opening the lines of communication between all levels of government when it comes to law enforcement. As we move forward from today's discussion with the knowledge of what local law enforcement officials need, I am ready to get to work on giving them the tools to continue to keep our streets safe," said Ripp. "I look forward to further discussions with our local law enforcement officials as we continue to work together on finding solutions to today's law enforcement challenges. My door is always open."
"Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job," said Van Hollen.
Today's law enforcement roundtable was filmed by WisconsinEye and will be available on their web page at http://www.wiseye.org/.