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


WCAN members may register NOW for the free online training sessions from local police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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


“Retail Theft Prevention for Retailers”


September 12, 2012, from 9:30 am to 9:50 am


Glendale Police Officer Joel Dhein will share tips for reducing, preventing and dealing with retail theft and shoplifting.


“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


“This is an exciting new offering from the DOJ's Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. I'm happy that we're able to offer these sessions for our subscribers who support the program – and thankful to our local and federal law enforcement partners for their assistance in making these training opportunities possible,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “This is valuable information for our subscribing households and businesses, and it's another example of how public safety and fighting crime truly is a community effort.”


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: