Police Department

Department Awards

Duluth Police Deputy Chief Mike Tusken and West Commander Leigh Wright receive the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police and Cisco Community Policing award in San Diego.

Brad Wick Cover

Brad Wick, a twenty six-year veteran of the Duluth Police Department, has been named the 2012 Police Officer of the Year by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.

Wick, who is a sergeant and K9 handler, was involved in the August 28th capture of a violent offender who had robbed a drug store the day prior and as he fled the store hijacked a car at gunpoint threatening to kill the owner if he contacted police. The following day police discovered him and a female accomplice in the hijacked vehicle leaving a restaurant. As Wick and others tried to stop him, a short pursuit took place before crashing into a house. He then ran to a nearby home and forced his way in and immediately shot the homeowner. Wick who was one of several officers in pursuit of the suspect saw him force his way into the house and immediately followed the suspect into the home, fearing that there would be a hostage situation. Once in the home Wick was immediately ambushed by the suspects gunfire from another room where the suspect and the victim were. Wick immediately returned fire and was forced to incur another round of gunfire from the suspect and now Wick retuned a volley of fire and he was successful in fatally wounding the suspect. The homeowner, who had been shot in the leg, was treated and fortunately recovered from the injury.

According to Dennis Flaherty, executive director of the association “if it had not been for Sergeant Wick’s quick action and his bravery it clearly would have ended in a hostage situation where other innocent people could have been harmed. His display of quick judgment and his concern for the innocent homeowner was of the highest degree of bravery that could be displayed”. The suspect was described in the subsequent investigation as an “angry, dangerous and erratic man” and in addition to the drugstore robbery the day prior, he had been charged in five separate criminal cases in the previous months and was in fact was on bail at the time of this incident. He was quoted during the robbery of the drugstore that “I have nothing to lose”.


Pictured from Left to Right: Inv. Ryan Temple, Inv. Lisa Mickus, Inv. Chris Lofstuen, Lt. Kerry Kolodge, Lt. Leigh Wright (not pictured, Sgt. Ann Clancey)

DPD Scan Unit receives 2011 Department of the Year Award

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the Duluth Police Department Sex Crimes, Abuse and Neglect Unit (SCAN) received the 2011 Department of the Year Award at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigators Association in Nisswa, Minnesota.

The Duluth SCAN Unit is comprised of Sgt. Ann Clancey, and Investigators Lisa Mickus, Chris Lofstuen and Ryan Temple.

The SCAN Unit is responsible for investigating sexual assault, child abuse and child neglect which occurs in the City of Duluth. On average, the SCAN Unit is referred over 700 cases by St. Louis County Social Services, and conducts over 130 First Witness child interviews. The Unit works with partner agencies that include PAVSA (Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault), First Witness Resource Center and St. Louis County Social Services. Many of the cases investigated by the SCAN Unit involve victims under the age of 13. The Unit handles nearly 75 cases of sexual assault on average.

The goal of the SCAN Unit is to provide a victim-centered approach to sexual assault investigation, while working with partner agencies to form a multi-disciplinary response for victims.

The Duluth Police Department is proud to showcase the dedicated Investigators of the SCAN Unit as one of Minnesota's finest.


Winners -in -Your -Community
Photograph courtesy of Jack Rendulich Photography
L-R: Erik Mattson and Gina Flannigan, Case Managers at Woodland Hills; Richard Quigley, CEO of Woodland Hills; Sr. Mary Martin Beringer; Robin Roeser, Deputy Chief of Police, Duluth Police Department; Dick Fischer, volunteer; and Brian Daugherty, president of Grandma's Restaurants.

Community's Champions for Children Recognized by Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills is grateful to those that help children discover their potential. Exceptional efforts by individuals and organizations are recognized with the Beringer Guiding Light award and this year's recipients were recently acknowledged.

  • Beringer Guiding Light Volunteer Spirit award - Dick Fischer of Duluth
  • Beringer Guiding Light Philanthropist Award -- Grandma's Restaurant Co.
  • Beringer Guiding Light Exceptional Service Award -- Duluth Police Department
  • Beringer Guiding Light Excellence in Achievement Award -- Gina Flannigan and Erik Mattson, employees of Woodland Hills

The Beringer Guiding Light award honors Sr. Mary Martin Beringer, who worked in numerous capacities at Woodland Hills between 1962 and 1975 when it was St. James Children's Home. She was the first award recipient in 2002.

Woodland Hills is a private non-profit organization dedicated to empowering, healing and teaching responsibility to children and adolescents from throughout Minnesota. The multi-faceted agency provides a continuum of services for young people, ranging from an after-school program for marginalized youth, to mental health and behavioral treatment programs in school and residential settings, to an independent living skills program for adolescents aging out of systems of care.

More information on Woodland Hills and its programs is available at (218) 728-7500 orwww.woodlandhills.org.

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Arson Investigator of the Year Award

Investigator Todd Kuusisto was honored by the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators as the 2010 Investigator of the Year.


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