MADISON – Approximately 500 Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers are showing up for active state service, as authorized by Governor Tony Evers, to help local partners maintain public safety in conjunction with hundreds of volunteer officers of law enforcement agencies.
“We continue to be in close contact with our partners at the local level to ensure that the state provides support and resources to help maintain the safety of the Kenosha community and the region as a whole,” said Governor Evers. “The Kenosha community has been strong, resilient, and come together through incredibly difficult times over the past two years, and this healing is still ongoing. I urge people who are not from the area to respect the community in reconsidering any plans to travel to the area and encourage those who may choose to come together and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so by safely and peacefully.
“We are ready to support our communities when needed,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, adjutant general of Wisconsin. “In close coordination with the governor, we have assembled around 500 troops to help keep the community of Kenosha safe, should a request arise from our local partners. “
Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will travel outside Kenosha on standby to respond to demand from local law enforcement agencies. Pursuant to section 321.39 (1) (a) of the Wisconsin statutes, the governor has ordered active-duty members of the Wisconsin National Guard deemed necessary to support local law enforcement and first responders in Kenosha. As has been the case in previous missions, members of the Guard called up on active duty can only be used to provide support to local law enforcement and to protect critical infrastructure and cultural institutions necessary for the well- be from the community, and to provide support to first responders such as the Kenosha Fire Department. The National Guard should not be used to prevent people from demonstrating peacefully or to prevent the media from reporting on this situation.