Posted at: 02/14/2013 9:47 PM
Updated at: 02/14/2013 10:15 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
The Duluth Police Department looked back over 2012 Thursday with a recognition ceremony to honor the year's highlights.
More than 30 members of the department, spanning from support staff to investigations, were recognized for their outstanding service last year.
"It's important for us to highlight the good work that they do because most of the general public does not hear about all the good things," said Chief Gordon Ramsay.
Recognized highlights included promotions, heroic acts, members that went above and beyond the call of duty, and educational achievements.
2012 was an especially notable year for the Lake Superior Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.
"We've really worked hard at trying to identify the emerging trends with drug abuse and drug problems in our community," said commanding Lt. Steve Stracek.
They closed the federal investigation identified as "Pills in a Box," a prescription pill operation in the Twin Ports, and they also made concentrated efforts to combat heroin trafficking and abuse in "Operation Brownstone."
"Especially in the drug field, these investigators...put in long hours when they're here but they are also subject to many calls," said Lt. Stracek.
Lt. Stracek said all those extra hours make this year's recognition extra gratifying.