Hennepin County has been operating its embedded social worker program since 2019. SLMPD is one of seven new agencies joining the program.
Social workers are called upon to aid police if there are concerns that someone is experiencing mental health or substance abuse issues. The social worker does not go on the 911 call, but the officer can send a referral to a social worker to get the person the resources and help they need.
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For additional information, contact South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, 952.474.3261.