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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Olmsted County has announced the appointment of a current county employee to lead the county's new Diversity, Equity, and Community Outreach Team.

Nikki Niles has worked for the county since 2012 when she started as a probation officer. In her new role, Niles will oversee the county's pretrial services team, community outreach workers on the law enforcement liaison team, and assistance to children of incarcerated parents through the Health, Housing, and Human Services division.

“We in law enforcement have been looking forward to the possibilities this new team may provide – especially the expansion of the program to provide more availability for on-scene mental health support to our deputies and officers,” said Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson. “This will be critical for the increasing number of calls we receive for persons in crisis.”

Before coming to Rochester and joining Olmsted County, Niles was a police officer in East Lansing, Michigan, and worked as an instructor for the Mid-Michigan Police Academy in Lansing.

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