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BRISTOL - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Kenosha County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Robert Wirch and State Representatives Samantha Kerkman and Tom Lothian.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included the open carry memo, Internet Crimes Against Children, law enforcement cuts in the state budget, the need for background checks on certain employment, ordinances governing sex offender residency requirements and the importance of DNA analysis and funding for the State Crime Lab.
“I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Wirch and Representatives Kerkman and Lothian 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 Kenosha County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Kenosha County."
“I would like to thank the law enforcement officials of Kenosha County for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with Attorney General Van Hollen," said Representative Samantha Kerkman. “As government officials from the local level to the federal level work together to improve public safety within our communities, it is imperative that we have feedback from those who deal with this issue on a daily basis. Their ideas and suggestions will no doubt help in either restructuring or passing new laws to make our communities safer. We sincerely appreciate their service."
"Meeting with those on the front lines of fighting crime in our area is important so that we as legislators understand what tools they need to get the job done," said Rep. Tom Lothian
“I thank Sen. Wirch, Rep. Kerkman and Rep. Lothian for attending and helping to put together this roundtable," said Van Hollen. “These discussions help us in state government do a better job."