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Van Hollen Addresses Wisconsin Counties


MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen this morning addressed the Wisconsin Counties Association's Annual Legislative Exchange. Van Hollen's remarks highlighted the Department's partnership with Wisconsin's counties and the Attorney General's efforts to assist local law enforcement, prosecutors and crime victim services.


"Thank you for your support during the last budget cycle," said Van Hollen. "You know what the Wisconsin Department of Justice means to your counties and its impact on public safety, victim and witness services, law enforcement support and training, and how our cooperation effects the bottom line." 

Many of the county board members and county officials at today's conference participated in a series of Law Enforcement Roundtables that Attorney General Van Hollen hosted around the state during the past two years.


"Just this week, the E-signature bill had hearings. It is an idea that came from local law enforcement that I learned about in the law enforcement roundtable discussions held around the state. It is an idea that we, together, helped move into the legislative process," said Van Hollen. "I look forward to a bill signing."


Van Hollen highlighted the services of the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, the successful partnerships that have helped to solve a number of cold cases in the past year, and the partnership with local law enforcement and ICE to remove criminal illegal aliens.


"We exist to assist. We do together what each of us can not, or should not, do alone," said Van Hollen. "There is great cost efficiency in our cooperative relationship which benefits those we represent Wisconsin's taxpayers."


In addition, Van Hollen also highlighted the more routine types of assistance that the Wisconsin Department of Justice provides such as incident response, investigative assistance, prosecutorial assistance, crime victim assistance, the administration of the TIME System, the Amber Alert and legal opinions.


"I have spoken out about prosecutor shortages and the need for and sense to additional state public defenders. These issues effect your jails, courts and the necessity for county paid for defense counselI've spoken up and you've responded in kind," said Van Hollen.