West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen was presented with the North Dakota Peace Officers Association's Lone Eagle Award Thursday night in Jamestown. Presenter was North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Rasmussen was recognized for his contribution to Law Enforcement on the local, state, regional and national level. Sharing the moment was Rasmussen's wife Verna.
Rasmussen has served as West Fargo Police Chief since 1995. During his tenure, he has been active in a number of areas including legislation both on the state and national level that benefits law enforcement and the public. He also sits on the board of a number of organizations relating to public safety.
The Lone Eagle Award is an honor presented annually to an active and a retired North Dakota Peace Officer, each of whom, in the eyes of their comrades, has contributed guidance, inspiration and support throughout his career as a law enforcement official in the state of North Dakota.
Retired FBI agent Herb Eckenroth, who worked in North Dakota for many years, created this award in 1979 to recognize a North Dakota Peace Officer who "...has shown incorruptible soundness or moral character and faithful adherence to ethical principles."