(Hudson, WI)…Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was in Western Wisconsin on Wednesday with State Senator Sheila Harsdorf to co-host a law enforcement roundtable with St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts. The roundtable provided Van Hollen and Harsdorf the opportunity to hear from local law enforcement officials about current trends and concerns within the law enforcement community and how state government can best address those issues.
“Public safety is government’s most fundamental role,” says Harsdorf. “It is critical that local law enforcement, state lawmakers and the Department of Justice work together to keep our communities safe. We need to discuss these issues with the people on the front lines and keep their input in mind as we address various public safety issues in Western Wisconsin and across the State.”
Van Hollen took office as Attorney General in January of 2007. Prior to taking office, Van Hollen was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin from 2002 until 2005. During his time as Attorney General, Van Hollen has worked to address Wisconsin’s Crime Lab backlog, as well as protecting children across the state from on-line predators.
“As a Member of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, Senator Harsdorf has prioritized public safety and law enforcement,” said Van Hollen. “Strengthening the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children effort and making sure the state crime lab can keep up with local law enforcement needs are two concrete results.”
Shilts was sworn in as St. Croix County Sheriff in January 2011 and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Shilts started his law enforcement career in 1979 as a reserve officer in New Richmond. In 1987, Shilts started working in the Sheriff’s Office, serving in several different positions during that time.
“Having the opportunity to exchange thoughts on a variety of topics that are of mutual interest to Senator Harsdorf, Attorney General Van Hollen and the law enforcement community has proven to be valuable,” said Shilts. “From these face to face meetings, trends and concerns are recognized and ideas are exchanged leading to potential solutions. Working together on issues is always the best practice.”
Harsdorf and Van Hollen met with Sheriff Shilts and local law enforcement officers at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson.