- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Department of Justice would get four more positions to help investigative officer-involved deaths under a plan the Legislature’s finance committee has tacked onto the state budget.

State law requires outside agencies to probe officer-involved deaths. DOJ officials say they’ve become the go-to agency to handle local police departments’ incidents. A report released last week found DOJ has investigated 12 deaths since the law took effect in April 2014, up 71 percent from seven investigations in 2013.

DOJ asked Gov. Scott Walker to create five new positions in his state budget proposal to handle such probes. Walker didn’t address the request in his spending plan. The finance committee on Thursday gave the agency four positions funded by about $600,000 from criminal penalty surcharges over the next two years.

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