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Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken weighs in on deadly encounter recommendations

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DULUTH, MN-- The Duluth Police Department is weighing in on a report released this week aimed at reducing deadly officer involved shootings.

The working group was made up of community, advocacy, mental health and law enforcement stakeholders.

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken say's the report is full of useful information as it relates to policing a city.

He says 90% of the recommendations in the report his department is already implementing or is in the process of implementing.

The report made 28 recommendations and advised 33 actions steps for law enforcement agencies across the state after months of collaborating.

Chief Tusken says his department already has adopted a co-responder model to improve outcomes for people with disabilities or in a mental health crisis.

The model helps ensure that officers know how to respond appropriately when dealing with those that have disabilities.

He added their is currently a review board to monitor body cameras to ensure accountability in deadly force encounters.

He also says that officers now are going to have mental health checks each year a recommendation from the working group.

Chief Tusken says he is happy with the recommendations the working group put together.

"Ultimately the people are the police and the police are the people. I think that they did a nice job of bringing people together who can talk openly about their fears and concerns. Then talk about solutions, and build a report that actually reflects really not a law enforcement look at this but a community look," Chief Tusken said.

Chief Tusken says even though the department has touched on many of the issues in the recommendation there is always room for improvement.

So far, the working group has spent 6 months working on the report.

They plan to release its full report in the next four to six weeks.

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