(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born has been awarded the Legislator of the Year Award from law enforcement. The Wisconsin Sheriff’s and Deputy Sheriff’s Association recognized Born during their annual banquet in Green Bay. The Beaver Dam Republican was acknowledged for his strong support for law enforcement, specifically his efforts this legislative session in authoring an emergency detention transport bill.
Currently, the so-called Chapter 51 transports to mental health facilities are handled by law enforcement agencies, an often time-consuming process. The measure would allow law enforcement to contract out for transport services. Data provided by the Wisconsin Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis shows that, on average, officers spend nearly nine hours off the streets per incident.
Born says he is truly humbled and honored to receive the award that highlights his commitment to both public safety and the dedicated men and woman who keep communities safe, adding that law enforcement across Wisconsin deserves our deepest support. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says he is extremely proud of the work that Born does not only for law enforcement but for all citizens.
Born’s legislation advanced unanimously out of a Senate committee and is scheduled for a floor vote as early as this month.