State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2021
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PACT Police Reform Passes Senate


As you know, last summer, I unveiled my PACT bills for improving police service. These 8 bills were designed to improve policing by focusing on 3 pillars: accountability, community involvement and transparency.
This week, the State Senate, passed 4 bills focused on 2 of those pillars: community involvement and transparency. To improve community involvement, the Senate passed bills reforming police and fire commissions, and investing in Community Oriented Policing Houses, like we have in Racine. Transparency bills include putting use of force policies online and improving use of force reporting. These bills will now go to the Assembly, where I am confident they will pass in June.
On Monday, I participated in a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon with Senator Lena Taylor, my co-author of these bills, which you can watch here: Click. 

Also, click here to watch the Fox 6 Now interview.

Caledonia Sex Offender Placement Reversed

On Wednesday, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Wynne Laufenberg vacated her original approval for placement of two sexually violent persons. The placement was originally thought to meet the criteria for placement, but after Caddy Vista residents brought objections to my office, County Executive Jonathon Delagrave, and the Village of Caledonia, we found that the oversight committee originally tasked with finding homes for the sex offenders overlooked key landmarks which actually should have exempted the location from being considered in the first place. On Wednesday, the Judge ordered the Racine County 980 Committee to find a new location within 120 days.

This is great news for the hundreds of Caddy Vista neighborhood residents who contacted me and others about the potential danger this placement would cause to the neighborhood and surrounding area. I am glad the court reconsidered the placement of these sex offenders, and am hopeful they will find a more appropriate location to house these two predators. Thank you to every single person who participated in getting this placement revisited.

31st Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

On Friday, May 7th my beautiful wife Mary Jo and I attended the 31st Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Capitol. The event honors those officers who have fallen in the line of service. 
Issue 225
May 14th, 2021
Proud to have served as a Racine Police Officer.

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Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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