Dutton joins West Fargo Police Department
Skyler Dutton has joined the West Fargo Police Department as patrol officer, assuming duties in February of this year.
Originally from the small community of Nashua in northeastern Montana, Dutton graduated from high school there before earning a degree in criminal justice and education at Jamestown College.
Dutton worked at the county jail in Jamestown while in college. Upon graduation he accepted a position with the Grand Forks Police Department, at the same time completing mandatory classes at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy in Bismarck.
Dutton spent almost five years with the Grand Forks department before accepting the West Fargo position, a move prompted by his wife's acceptance of employment in Fargo.
The couple and their two children still reside in Grand Forks and are commuting until they can make living arrangements in the community.
Dutton said he is enjoying his new position and the opportunities it is presenting. "As far as the department, it's great with its competitive pay salary and benefit package and top-of-the-line equipment. In addition, I get to work in a nice sized community where I have the opportunity to communicate effectively with my co-workers and be an integral part of what is going on around me."
"I am from a small town, so I like small towns and West Fargo seems to fit. Even though the community is the fifth largest city in the state, I think West Fargo has stayed tried and true in its small-town regard."
Dutton said he is also impressed by the individual staff members in both the police and city hall departments that are housed in the building. "There is a really nice flow. Everybody here seems to be close. There is a good working environment from the morning meetings to whatever happens during the rest of the day. Everybody is always on the same page. Everybody here has been great and very welcoming. I thought it would be a good change to move here. I wanted to be in West Fargo."
And so far, that seems to be working out. Dutton is still going through his initial training with the department and will be hitting the streets soon. "I like being a cop. The experience has been really good to me so far."