Duluth to add three new patrol officers

The Duluth Police Department will be hiring three new patrol officers, bringing the total police force to 90 officers. (Courtesy Duluth Police Department)

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The Duluth Police Department will be hiring three new patrol officers, bringing the total police force to 90 officers. (Courtesy Duluth Police Department)

The Duluth Police Department will be hiring three new patrol officers, bringing the total police force to 90 officers.

According to Duluth Police Department Public Information Officer Ted Sadowski, “patrol officers are responsible for general police work involving the protection of life and property, preserving the peace, enforcement of laws, investigation of crime, and performing other police related assignments and activities on an assigned shift or in an assigned unit.”

At the city’s most recent council meeting, officials authorized $273,000 in funding for the three new employee salaries and benefits. Salaries and wages will total $171,000, group insurance total $72,900, FICA Taxes totals $12,000 and retirement contribution/pension represent $17,100 of the total.

The increase in number of officers is the result of an increase in population due to new homes, townhomes, and apartments in the city and a desire to preempt any potential for increased crime.