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Today's Meeting 44th in Series of Statewide County Meetings
DARLINGTON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen met today with law enforcement leaders, elected officials, community leaders, judges, and public safety officials from throughout Lafayette County at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by State Senator Dale Schultz, State Representative Steve Hilgenberg and State Representative Phil Garthwaite.
Topics discussed at the roundtable included Internet Crimes Against Children, prescription drug use and abuse, criminal illegal aliens, concerns about proposed changes to Truth in Sentencing, and TIME System upgrades .
"I would like to extend a thank you to Senator Schultz, Representative Hilgenberg, and Representative Garthwaite for organizing this successful roundtable. I would also like to thank all of the participants for attending and taking part in the discussions. Every county and community in Wisconsin faces different public safety challenges," said Van Hollen. "Having the opportunity to listen to local law enforcement, community leaders and elected officials from Lafayette County lends itself to a meaningful dialogue as to how the Department of Justice and state government can better assist Lafayette County."
"We all share the same goal of a safe community for our family," said Senator Dale Schultz. "The roundtable gave us good insights into each others' challenges and ways to work together more effectively. Thanks go to the local leaders who participated and to Attorney General Van Hollen for initiating the event."
"This was a great opportunity to gather feedback from local officials who deal with law enforcement issues on a day-to-day basis," Rep. Hilgenberg said. "In turn, this will give us at the state level a better understanding of local concerns and the measures the state can take to resolve them."
"Public safety has always been something that weighs on the minds of decent hardworking folk," said Rep. Garthwaite. "I appreciate Attorney General Van Hollen taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit Southwest Wisconsin to talk about the problems our dedicated law enforcement leaders face every day. It is important that we take time to reflect on the good work they do and how we can make their jobs easier."
"Protecting public safety is a priority of state government, and meetings like these help state government do a better job," said Van Hollen.