AG Schimel Continues 72-County Tour to Discuss Public Safety in Lincoln and Oneida Counties
MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel continued his 72-county statewide tour to meet with local law enforcement and elected officials this week with stops in Lincoln and Oneida counties on Friday, February 16.
“I continue to be inspired by the persistence and determination of local law enforcement and officials around the state as they grapple with major public safety challenges like the opioid epidemic,” said Attorney General Schimel. “At the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), we rely on our partnerships with municipalities and counties to carry out our public safety mission, and these meetings are critical to making sure DOJ tailors resources to the needs at the local level.”
“We appreciate Attorney General Schimel coming to Oneida County to speak with us about issues that are important to our community,” said Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman. “Attorney General Schimel’s comments to those who participated in the roundtable reveal that he has a clear understanding of the issues facing Oneida County. Attorney General Schimel’s endeavor to find new ideas for ways the Department of Justice can partner with local law enforcement and other governmental agencies is evident from the discussion that took place. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office looks forward to further collaboration with the Department of Justice. ”
Attorney General Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership team is meeting with law enforcement and local officials in every county to discuss public safety concerns specific to each county. The challenges faced by law enforcement leaders and the criminal justice system differ from county to county, even in neighboring communities, making it critical for DOJ to be responsive to public safety needs at the local level. DOJ is local communities’ partner in safety, and these meetings aim to discover what resources and efforts DOJ can provide to make Wisconsin safer and stronger.
DOJ financially supports a number of programs to help public safety officials keep the counties safe.
The North Central Drug Enforcement Group, which includes Lincoln and Oneida counties’ law enforcement, will receive more than $51,000 this year to help investigate drug distribution crimes in the area. This drug task force has also received more than $157,000 since 2015 to fight heroin and methamphetamine, and funding will be available through 2018.
DOJ also financially supports Lincoln and Oneida counties’ crime victim services organizations, ensuring that crime victims are given guidance and counseling as they participate in the criminal justice system. Since 2015, through U.S. DOJ Victims of Crime Act grants, DOJ has distributed more than $437,000 to victim services providers in Lincoln County and nearly $439,000 to victim services providers in Oneida County.
To see what other counties the Attorney General has visited, and where he will be going next, go to: https://www.doj.state.wi.us/ag-roundtable-map