A blog on issues related to policing and public safety in Duluth written by Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Auto Theft Investigator and Stats
A resolution is heading to City Council next week to accept money from the State Department of Commerce for continued auto theft investigator funding. We have received this funding for at least 8 years and it has helped us reduced auto thefts in our City. Last year there were attempts by some legislators to take money from this dedicated fund to help reduce the State's deficit. The concern many of us had with the raiding of this funding is that it comes from a dedicated surcharge on insurance premiums-strictly intended to cover auto theft investigation and prosecution. Fortunately due to a united effort among law enforcement agencies and county prosecutors we were able to keep the surcharge going toward what it was meant for. Here is a historical, year by year chart of our auto theft statistics going back to 1960. The numbers may surprise you.