The Duluth Police Department concludes a year of transitions and challenges. They had a historic number of retirements. And they are in the process of adding to their ranks.
Citywide crime is declining, but these cops will be dealing with a serious social problem.
Mayor Mike Seynowa and Mayor Emily Larson shared some updates on Thursday.
Ceynowa said there are fewer reactive calls, like those reporting crimes, but more proactive calls.
“Despite staff shortages, officers are committed to being active in the community and addressing concerns identified through data, community members and community partners,” Ceynowa said. I’m here.
Of particular concern is downtown.
Mayor Emily Larson convened a task force last year to implement action steps.
She said things are seasonal at times. Fewer reports of safety concerns.”
According to Seinois, there have been calls of firing and firing. However, most of them are related to suicides and accidental phone calls. Overdose is also a problem.
As such, mental health and substance abuse will continue to be the team’s focus. “These calls are really hard for our officers, they take a long time and it’s hard to see this part of humanity. But I know we have partners who can help.”
Ceynowa said he has another new group of executives in the background and plans to open another hiring round in April. This adds to the eight new officers who are almost ready to go on patrol alone after taking the oath in December.
“Staffing shortages are not a long-term solution,” he said. “I am proud of our staff who do more with less.”