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National events spur local safety discussion

Lt. Bob Shene responds to a question during a public safety forum. Behind him are Duluth Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford, Citizens Review Board member Renee Van Nett, Police Chief Mike Tusken (hidden) and Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Kruczaj. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)1 / 4
The Rev. Jeremiah Knabe asks about the mental support system for police officers. In the center pondering the question is City Councilor Gary Anderson. Standing to the right is Duluth Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)2 / 4
Citizen's Review Board member Renee Van Nett and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson listen as Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken responds to a question about the role of police officers in the schools. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)3 / 4
Deputy Police Chief Laura Marquardt speaks about the training officers receive to de-escalate situations. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger)4 / 4

About 70 people gathered at Denfeld High School at a forum July 19, called in response to the recent shootings in Minnesota, Dallas and Baton Rouge, La. Duluthians gathered to learn more about public safety from the Duluth mayor and Duluth's police, fire department as well as the Citizen's Review Board.

Duluth is one of the few cities in the nation to implement a citizen's review board. The CRB serves as a bridge between the police department and residents.

Naomi Yaeger

Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at