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DA Pledges to Add More Investigators to Fight Crime,
Only 88 of 113 Positions Filled Under Kaul — Losing More!
[Fond du Lac…] In the wake of Josh Kaul defunding the police at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, GOP Attorney General candidate Eric Toney today pledged to fill all vacant DCI investigator and prosecutor jobs immediately after being sworn in next year.
“We have a Wisconsin DOJ that has been wiped out by Attorney General Josh Kaul’s woke ideology and soft-on-crime agenda,” said Toney, who is the District Attorney in Fond du Lac County. “We need to fully fund the police and that includes investigators and prosecutors at the DOJ.”
Recently, a top DOJ official delivered remarks at a law enforcement conference that described how Kaul has left investigator jobs vacant, and more retirements are expected.
Last week, at Badger State Sheriff’s Conference in the Wisconsin Dells, Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Director Tina Virgil said DCI has just 88 agents out of 113 positions filled with more agents expected to leave DCI in the next few months.
Kaul has also left key prosecutor positions vacant at the DOJ, reducing resources for District Attorneys and cops across Wisconsin.
“Josh Kaul has defunded the police at a time when violent criminals are running rampant and drugs are killing people. Cops are getting shot on the streets in our cities, while Josh Kaul is defunding the police and mismanaging the crime lab. I will fix the mess Kaul created,” Toney said.
At the Wisconsin Crime Lab, which is run by DOJ, Kaul has been distorting Crime Lab stats to make it look like the lab is more efficient.
Under Kaul, the crime lab is testing nearly 30 percent fewer items in comparison to former Attorney General Brad Schimel, and taking longer to test most categories of items.
“He’s playing politics with public safety by limiting the initial number of items cops and prosecutors can submit to the lab for testing to make it look like they’re more efficient, when in reality he’s compromising public safety and still taking longer to test items,” Toney said.
Kaul supports eliminating cash bail, which would take away a valuable tool to keep Wisconsin safe.
“It’s embarrassing that he says he’s proud of his record on public safety during his gross mismanagement of the DOJ as areas of our state suffer from murder and drug overdose records. Wisconsin can’t afford another 4 years of these failures,” Toney said.
Toney has been Fond du Lac County DA since 2013. He has been endorsed by the WI Fraternal Order of Police, Milwaukee Police Association, Racine Police Association, and 90+ sheriffs, district attorneys and police chiefs.