Duluth Police to Add Social Worker to Force

Improve Mental Illness Response

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A new member could be joining the Duluth Police Force.

A social worker may soon be assisting Duluthians going through a rough time.

Duluth Police tell us they’re responding to 35 percent more calls dealing with a mental crisis than they were eight years ago.

They say adding a social worker to respond with them to mental health calls will only benefit the force and the citizens.

“Bringing in a social worker that knows mental health better than we do will give us the ability to get people the help they need more quickly. They know how to navigate the system,” explained Deputy Chief Mike Tusken.

The police department tells Fox 21 they expect to have the social worker implemented into the program in 90 days.
 

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