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Burkhartsmeier joins Police Department

Randy Burkhartsmeier is the newest member of the West Fargo Police Department, joining the staff in January as a Patrol Officer. He is presently involved in completing his training and will be moving into his regular patrol assignment in the very near future.

Originally from Rugby, he graduated from high school there and went on to attend North Dakota State University, graduating in 2005 with a Criminal Justice degree.

The summer of 2005 he participated in the Lake Region State College Law Enforcement Program in Fargo, graduating in August. Burkhartsmeier accepted employment with the Traill County Sheriff's Department in October of 2005 and continued there until accepting employment with the West Fargo Police Department earlier this year.

Since joining the West Fargo team, he is impressed by both the staff and the philosophy of the department. "The people have been great to work with," he said. "It's an excellent group and everyone has gone out of their way to do what they can to help me. We have been very busy with a lot of variety and that is good thing, because I like to be busy."

Burkhartsmeier said one of the reasons he was interested in joining the West Fargo Police was because of all the different opportunities available in the growing department. He would eventually like to be involved in investigation, possibly in the narcotics area.

When not at work, he enjoys golfing, being at the lakes, and during the summer, just pretty much just being outside, in general; and snowboarding in the winter.

Professionally, he is a member of the North Dakota Police Officers Association and the Fraternal Order of the Police.

All in all, Burkhartsmeier said he is excited about working in a community that "is growing a lot but still small enough to be able to recognize people around town."

He also enjoys spending time with family whenever he is able to. His parents, Jay and Charlotte, still live in Rugby. His brother, Bryan, serves in the U.S. Army, and just recently returned from Afghanistan. He will be stationed at North Carolina until he is discharged from the military in June. A sister, Lindsay, is a teacher in Strasburg, N.D.