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Wisconsin Crime Alert Network has successful first year


MADISON, WI (WSAU) -  The first year of a new law enforcement tool has been a success. The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network was a project started by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and modelled after a similar Minnesota project.

Subscribers receive messages from law enforcement that is tailored to their type of business or area of service, so you can know when you or your business is at risk. The network also alerts members of wanted people and vehicles to solve crimes.

Van Hollen says the program helps law enforcement and citizens quickly share key information.No tax dollars fund the program because the users all pay a small annual subscription fee.  Van Hollen says the $12.00 per year cost provides valuable information and saves everyone in the long run.

Many local law enforcement agencies are already part of the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Over 35-hundred citizens and agencies have signed up so far. You can sign up at their website, http://wisconsincrimealert.gov/

Several types of free training and educational materials are available as well.

(You may hear the sound bites we used on the radio by clicking the black application button above. The entire interview with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is available on WSAU.com under “Media” and “Podcasts” in the “Newsmakers Interview” section.)