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Van Hollen Recognizes Partners, Reinforces Public Safety Priority at Missing and Exploited Children & Adults Ceremony


MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen commemorated Wisconsin's missing children and adults in a state capitol ceremony today.


The Attorney General was joined by families of missing persons and law enforcement from across the state. Special guests participating in today's ceremony were Ms. Susan WhiteHorse, manager of the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults, as well as the coordinator for the Wisconsin Amber Alert system, Ms. Jessyca Christianson, who gave the Message of Hope, and Maranda Brei, Wisconsin's winner of this year's Amber Alert Bringing Our Missing Children Home poster contest.


“The protection of children is the highest priority for me and the Wisconsin Department of Justice,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said today. “As public safety is priority number one, the safety of our children whether online or on their way home, must get our full attention and the resources to fight their threats,” the Attorney General went on.


Recognized at this year's ceremony were:


  • Milwaukee Police Department and Citizen Kris Gosser

Milwaukee PD Intelligence Fusion Center

Milwaukee PD Sensitive Crimes Division

Milwaukee PD Office of Media and Communications – Anne E. Schwartz

Amber Alert Award


  • Hudson Police Department

Chief Martin Jensen, Lt. Paul Larson, Detective Jeff Knopps

Amber Alert Award


  • Green Bay Police Department

Commander Lisa Sterr, Officer Tom Roberts, Officer Susan Bickett

Amber Alert Award


  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Paul Milbrath and Detective Joe Mech

Internet Crimes Against Children Award


  • Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Mark Kelsey, Deputy Dave Aubart, Deputy Nick Al-Moghrabi

Internet Crimes Against Children Award


  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Lt. Jerry Moe, Detective John Parenteau

Internet Crimes Against Children Award


  • Sacramento (CA) Police Department

Detective Heather Hendrickson

Internet Crimes Against Children Award


  • Sacramento County (CA) Sheriff’s Department

Deputy Sean Smith, Deputy Juan Hidalgo

Internet Crimes Against Children Award


  • Prescott Police Department

Investigator Rob Funk

Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults Award


  • Quadrevion Henning Foundation

Dennis Frazier and Gary Henning

Special Service Award


Van Hollen also acknowledged Maranda Brei, a student at Bowler Elementary School, who was the winner of this year's statewide missing children poster contest. (Pictured left to right are Principal Judy Munsey, student Maranda Brei, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and teacher Anne Smith).


Also recognized were recipients of this year's Clearinghouse Community Award, which included W. Earle Smith, Madison Ballet Artistic Director; Michael Ross, Madison Youth Choir Director; Jennifer Bock, Wisconsin Counties Association Managing Editor; Susan Crofton, Overture Center Vice President for Programming and Marketing; and Tommy Hanna, owner of the Mediterranean Restaurant Lounge.