Police chiefs and sheriffs from St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties attended a regional law enforcement roundtable in New Richmond, Wisconsin on Thursday, May 2 co-hosted by Attorney General Josh Kaul and State Senator Patty Schachtner. Submitted photo
Police chiefs and sheriffs from St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties attended a regional law enforcement roundtable in New Richmond, Wisconsin on Thursday, May 2 co-hosted by Attorney General Josh Kaul and State Senator Patty Schachtner. Submitted photo

Submitted by DOJ - Communications Office

NEW RICHMOND, WI – Attorney General Josh Kaul co-hosted a regional law enforcement roundtable in northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, May 2 with State Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset). The roundtable was attended by police chiefs and sheriffs from St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties.

Among the local Chiefs of Police in the meeting were Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois, Woodville Chief Lori Hetfeld and Elmwood Chief Delton Hoyt.

Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois said, “Having the opportunity to have Attorney General Kaul visit NW Wisconsin to hear from area Chiefs on topics affecting our region was great. He was very attentive to our needs and concerns on Marijuana legalization, CBD Oils, the drug epidemic and officer recruitment and retention. I am excited to work with AG Kaul and his office on improving public safety in NW Wisconsin and statewide.”

“Thank you to the law enforcement officials from northwest Wisconsin who met with Sen. Schachtner, Rep. Stafsholt, and me,” said Attorney General Kaul. “I look forward to continuing to discuss public-safety issues, including ways that we can work together to reduce the distribution and use of meth.”

“We need strong partnerships between state and local officials to address northwestern Wisconsin’s law enforcement needs,” added Senator Patty Schachtner. “I’m pleased that our law enforcement officers were able to meet with Attorney General Kaul to discuss the addiction and public safety concerns facing our region.”

Wisconsin communities have experienced challenges related to the methamphetamine and opioid epidemics. In 2017, 916 people statewide died from an opioid-related drug overdose. In addition to the human cost, local communities continue to incur expenses related to treatment, incarceration, and foster care.