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Increased police presence begins on Park Point

Mayor Herb Bergson announced Tuesday June 8, that the Duluth Police Department will increase its presence on Park Point in the coming months. "We have worked for quite a long time with residents on Park Point to determine the best way to increase...

Mayor Herb Bergson announced Tuesday June 8, that the Duluth Police Department will increase its presence on Park Point in the coming months.

"We have worked for quite a long time with residents on Park Point to determine the best way to increase police protection and address the concerns of citizens," Bergson said at a morning news conference. "We're happy to announce the results of our efforts today."

For the first time, Canal Park and Park Point will have a full-time, year-round community police officer, who will liaison directly with the community club to answer questions and report progress. Sergeants in the area will also perform "saturation patrols" this summer looking for speeders and other activities of concern such as illegal parking.

Police Chief Roger Waller said his department will also look into forming citizen patrols to monitor Park Point Beach in the coming months. "Interaction with the people who live on Park Point is vital to making this plan work," he said. "Over the last few months we have built a number of great working relationships, and I for one am happy about that."

School liaison and DARE officers are also done in the schools for the summer and will be able to help on the Point.

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