Police Department

About the Duluth Police Department

The Duluth Police Department is the third largest police department in Minnesota and is nationally recognized due to our innovative policing programs. The department has a staff of approximately 154 police officers and 40 support staff. Our 2016 budget is in excess $20 million. The department is divided into the Patrol Division and the Investigative/Administrative Division. Each division is managed by a deputy chief of police.

The Patrol Division is divided into 2 geographic patrol areas. Each area is under the command of an area commander. The Patrol Division consists of the following units;

  • Community Policing
  • Canine Unit
  • Patrol Shifts
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Volunteers in Policing

The Investigative/Administrative Division contains all investigative units and administrative functions. There are currently 4 lieutenants assigned to this division and consists of the following units;

  • Crime Scene Investigation Unit
  • Traffic Bureau
  • Violent Crimes Unit
  • Sex Crimes, Abuse, Neglect and Domestic Violence (SCAN)
  • Property/Financial Crimes Unit
  • Lake Superior Drug and Gang Task Force
  • Training/Personnel/Licensing Unit
  • Records Support Unit
  • Animal Shelter/Control
  • Other division responsibilities include internal investigations, fleet, I.T., facilities, and grant management

Each unit consists of a sergeant and several investigators. The department operates out of two main buildings. Police headquarters is located at 2030 North Arlington Avenue and contains administrative and investigative offices as well as East Patrol Area operations. The West Duluth building is located at 5830 Grand Avenue and houses West Patrol Area operations, investigative personnel, and the emergency operations center.


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