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Crime Alert Network


MADISON - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen submitted testimony today to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing in support of public safety legislation that would authorize the creation of the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network at the Department of Justice.


If authorized, the Department of Justice would implement and operate the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.  The Network is a fax and email system that enables local law enforcement to alert participating businesses of criminal activity or notify them of a missing person.  The alert can be tailored to specific types of businesses and geographic regions in order to provide the most useful information to those who are voluntary members of the network. 


"By providing appropriate information to private citizens and businesses about criminal activity, law enforcement increases its eyes and ears, resulting in more suspects being caught and more missing children being recovered," said Van Hollen.


The program would be paid for through fees charged to private members who voluntarily participate.


"Public safety should be the number one priority for state and local governments," Van Hollen said.  "While the state and local governments are facing budget shortfalls, the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network is an example of creative thinking that allows us to achieve public safety goals efficiently and effectively without creating new tax burdens.  We can solve more crimes, prevent more criminal activity, and safely recover more endangered missing children and adults - all without raising taxes or imposing involuntary fees."


A copy of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's testimony can be found at:


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