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Duluth Police Department welcomes first mother-daughter duo

Angela Robertson pinned her daughter, Maddy Robertson, in a swearing-in cermony.

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Officer Angela Robertson, left, poses with her daughter, Maddy Robertson, at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Maddy Robertson was sworn in as a new officer with the Duluth Police Department.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune
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In a small ceremony Friday afternoon, Angela Robertson pinned her daughter, Maddy Robertson, as one of the newest additions to the Duluth Police Department.

According to a news release from Duluth police, this is the first time the department has had a mother-daughter police duo.

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Officer Angela Robertson, left, prepares to pin a badge on her daughter, Maddy Robertson, during the Duluth Police Department's swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. The Duluth Police Department swore in four new officers.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Investigative CORE unit officer Angela was pinned in her swearing-in ceremony in 2009 by Maddy.

Twelve years later, their roles have reversed.

"I don't know how to say it, I'm really proud and she's worked so hard," Angela said.

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New Duluth Police Officer Maddy Robertson holds up her right hand during the swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. The Duluth Police Department swore in four new officers.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Angela said she brought Maddy on her first ride-along when she was 14, and Maddy decided then that she wanted a career in law enforcement.

"From that day on her first ride-along she wanted to be a cop," Angela said. "She just wanted to do it and she kept talking about it."

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Officer Angela Robertson looks on during the swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Her daughter, Maddy Robertson, was one of four new officers sworn in by the Duluth Police Department.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

On Saturday, Angela planned to take Maddy on her last ride-along, which she said would be a bittersweet moment.

"I went on my first ride-along and then it just clicked and I realized that this is what I want to do," Maddy said. "I would always have these questions when she came home about what she learned, and it was always super exciting for her to come home and tell me all the things she did in the day."

Maddy said she is ready to be out on the streets and help people through what could be the hardest times of their lives.

“We have seen the great work Angela has done to lift people up who are struggling," said Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken in the news release. "I have also had the opportunity to teach Maddy at Fond du Lac. Maddy is bright and shares a lot of her mom’s character and personality traits and brings strengths of her own, making her well-positioned to be successful in serving our community well. It’s an honor to have both of these women serve our community."

Officers Christopher Robinson, Stephen Shelton and Kateleen Catton were also sworn in Friday.

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Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken gestures with his right hand while delivering the chief's message during the swearing-in ceremony for four new officers at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune

Abigael Smith graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a double major in journalism and English and a minor in Digital Writing, Literature, and Design.
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