DULUTH, MN — St. Louis County and Duluth city officials recognized what they call the success of the Duluth Police Department’s Mental Health Unit Wednesday afternoon.
According to the city, throughout the past nine years, more than 100 people with reoccurring police contacts directly related to mental illness, substance use disorders and/or homelessness have been identified.
City officials say there has been a 31 percent reduction in calls for service since the police department’s creation of a mental health unit in 2018.
The department is made of two officers and two social workers, who collaborate with other community partners.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, as well as County Commissioner Patrick Boyle and Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, spoke at the event.