The role of law enforcement within the community has changed over the years. No longer are officers hired based on their physical size. Candidates for open employment positions are interviewed and selected with a focus on education and service oriented ideals. The individuals are also chosen based on their perceived fit within the department and within the community. Ultimately, the desire is to hire staff members who will carry forward the department's goal of providing the highest level of service to the public.
On Aug. 21, the West Fargo Police Department responded to a reported homicide. The victim died on scene as the result of gunshot wounds. The suspect in the case had also shot himself and died from the wound the following day. The man and woman had been married. It appears an act of domestic violence preceded the shooting.
On Sept. 7 and 8, the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Chuck Rosenberg, was in the community to speak to the public and to law enforcement personnel on the issues of opioids and addiction. Rosenberg reported the United States comprises 5 percent of the world population but is prescribed 99 percent of the prescription painkiller Hydrocodone and 85 percent of the OxyContin consumed each year. The use of prescription pain medication has a direct correlation to the rate of addiction being experienced in the US.
2016 is proving to be another busy year for the West Fargo Police Department. For the period 1 Jan. 1 to Aug. 1, personnel of the West Fargo Police Department have answered 15,605 calls for service. This compares to 13,087 calls for service during the same time period in 2015. The continued growth of our community is a significant factor in the noted increase. Criminal investigations cases in July as they compare to June follow. A number appearing in [brackets] will indicate the number of incidents reported in the previous month's article. During
Addiction has a tremendous impact upon the life of a person and impedes upon their normal daily activities. The addiction may present a significant threat to a person's physical and emotional health. Like many illnesses, addiction also impacts those who are somehow connected to the person. Family members and friends are quickly identified as someone who may be affected by a person's addiction. The illness of addiction goes well beyond these close connections.
On Nov. 8, voters in North Dakota will be asked to consider an initiated measure, frequently referred to as Marsy's Law, to add a new section of Article 1 of the North Dakota Constitution. As stated in the petition title the measure will: provide a number of rights for victims of crimes in this state in a manner no less vigorous than protections afforded to criminal defendants, including the rights of crime victims to be treated with respect, to be free from harassment, and to be protected from the accused.
"It"happened again the other day. 'It' was not that a law enforcement officer was placed in a position to make a critical decision to draw his duty weapon and fire upon another human being. The officer's response was a significant act. The decision was made upon the officer's perception of the situation and was made within fractions of a second. Considerable time will pass before there is a determination as to whether the officer was right or wrong in his action. "It" was not that the media reported the facts as they knew them based upon limited information
To provide a comparison to the previous month, a number appearing in [brackets] will indicate the number of incidents reported in the previous month's article. During June, officers investigated 13  cases involving the theft of property; four  cases of shoplifting; seven  cases of theft from a motor vehicle; and three  motor vehicle thefts. Eleven  fraud offenses were reported to have occurred. There were a total of six  burglaries: three 
On June 23, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Birchfield v. North Dakota, 579 U.S. that breathe tests may be administered as a search incident to a lawful arrest for drunk driving without the requirement of first obtaining a search warrant. In the same ruling, a chemical test of a person's blood was deemed by the Court to be more intrusive and a search warrant would be necessary prior to a blood sample being drawn.
There is little doubt times are changing in North Dakota. According to data provided through census.gov, North Dakota's population was 642,200 during the 2000 census. By the 2010 census the population had grown to 672,591. The population estimate as of July 1 2015, placed the population of North Dakota at 756,927. We have heard of some out-migration of people who had been employed in the oil industry, however, the population remains significantly higher today than in 2000.