Duluth Police Dept. Starts New Volunteering Program

Volunteer Program Started by Duluth Police

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They have, body cameras, horses and now Duluth Police have added something else to help them fight crime.

They’re using volunteers residents who want to dedicate their time to decreasing violence.

The department says often times crimes are reported or solved by eyewitnesses and having extra help will free them up to handle more serious crimes.

Members of the new Volunteers in Policing Program have been out for about a week now using retired squad cars and department issued radios while patrolling East and West Duluth.

Police send them to areas where there is activity, not to intervene but assist with vehicle prowls, neighborhood nuisances, suspicious activity and much more.

“We’re obviously limited with manpower, so we can’t be everywhere,” Duluth Police community officer Mike Erickson said. “But if we have that extra eyes and ears out there right now that can immediately communicate with the police that’s better for us to catch that person or to break up that crime.”

Volunteers will also be issued uniforms.

They had to pass a criminal background check, be somewhat physically fit and go through department sponsored training to join the program.

Right now they have nearly 10 volunteers and are hoping to get more.

Anyone who is interested in joining the team can contact their neighborhood community officer.

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