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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce that last month the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution supporting the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. A link to the resolution is available here.
“I’m thankful the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors has expressed its support in this way for the Crime Alert Network. It is one more tool for law enforcement – in partnership with the public and private business -- and it has proven successful in solving dozens of crimes,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
“The county and local law enforcement agencies are encouraging local businesses and the general public to subscribe to the WCAN Alerts. On a local level, we have experienced crime solving success by sharing criminal activity with the public. The goal of this program is to expedite the apprehension of criminals and accelerate crime solving,” Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said.
With the WCAN, law enforcement officers issue alerts at no cost 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. Anyone may subscribe to the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.
Since it became operational in fall of 2011, more than 2,000 Wisconsin Crime Alert Network alerts have gone out. The dozens of incidents in which the WCAN has played a key role include sexual assaults, endangered missing persons, as well as cases of theft and robbery. Officers report several cases that were solved within one hour of using the WCAN. To enroll or to learn more about the WCAN, visit the website http://www.wisconsincrimealert.gov/