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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Next Free Crime Prevention Training Sessions for Members of the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN)


WCAN members may register NOW for the second, free online training session




“Economic Espionage.”


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce two additional, free online training sessions for members of the new Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN). The WCAN at the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has partnered with the Glendale Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Oshkosh Police Department to host the following sessions:


“Economic Espionage”


October 11, 2012, from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm


FBI Special Agent Byron Franz will cover the importance of intellectual property, threat awareness, signs of economic espionage, and protective measures.


“Something Smells Phishy: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Scams”


October 23, 2012, from 11:00 am to 11:20 am


Oshkosh Police Officer Joseph Nichols will offer ways to protect oneself from falling victim to Internet, telephone, and door-to-door scams.


To enroll in the WCAN and take advantage of these free webinars, or to register for the webinars as a current WCAN subscriber, visit


On September 12, the WCAN hosted “Retail Theft Prevention for Retailers,” developed by Glendale Police Officer Joel Dhein, who shared tips for reducing, preventing and dealing with retail theft and shoplifting. Representatives from more than 30 businesses statewide took advantage of this first webinar session.


“Public safety is the top priority of government, but we often rely on the public for tips in investigations and for being a partner in crime prevention. I'm pleased that we can further that partnership by offering these free sessions through the DOJ's Crime Alert Network,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “These webinars allow law enforcement officers to share their knowledge and expertise within their communities as well as with businesses throughout the state. I'm thankful they've made themselves available and thankful to our subscribers for taking an active role in helping to make Wisconsin a safer place to live.”


With the WCAN, law enforcement officers issue alerts at no cost to them either by fax, e-mail or text message to individuals and business owners, who may enroll online to receive alerts at a cost of $12 a year. Officers may choose from more than 50 categories, such as pharmacies or convenience stores, when issuing their targeted crime alerts across the county, a multi-county region or statewide.


A flyer about the trainings currently scheduled is available at the following link:


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