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News Conference Held at Green Bay Police Department
with Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen
GREEN BAY — Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen are pleased to announce that the Green Bay Police Department has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice to further implement the department’s multi-disciplinary approach to fighting heroin abuse in the Green Bay community. Chief Molitor and Attorney General Van Hollen joined other community members this morning, including Brown County District Attorney David L. Lasee and Steven Baue of Marinette Marine Corporation, for a news conference at the police department to announce the grant award.
“Our Initiative is collaboration between public agencies and private businesses and entities to develop and implement comprehensive, multi-discipline community responses to the problems associated with opiate/heroin abuse,” Green Bay Police Chief Tom Molitor said.
For the last several years, heroin trafficking and heroin use have risen dramatically throughout Wisconsin. In 2005, twenty-two counties submitted heroin cases to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. By 2011, the number of counties submitting heroin cases increased to 37. In 2012, fifty-six counties – representing every part of Wisconsin -- were making heroin submissions to the lab.
“I’m proud to stand with the people of Green Bay as they proactively confront heroin abuse. This grant is the first of several that will be awarded throughout the state. Through these grants, and a public information campaign to be launched in the fall, the Department of Justice is committed to reducing heroin use and heroin deaths in Green Bay and every other community in Wisconsin,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
As part of its grant application, the Green Bay Police Department identified a “four-pillar” approach, in collaboration with other public and private partners, to reduce heroin-related overdose deaths, heroin abuse and other crimes related to heroin use. With resources and representatives from each of the “four pillars” (Prevention, Enforcement, Treatment and Harm Reduction), the department has created an action plan to address heroin/opiate abuse and its impact, and is hiring a project coordinator to spearhead its implementation and ensure its success.