When a person elects to conduct a burglary, they are faced with the risk of being discovered in the act. Most burglars will not target an occupied house. They often will knock at the door or ring the doorbell to confirm no one is home. If a homeowner appears at the door, the criminal will pretend they are at the house by mistake or will ask for directions.
During September and October, the West Fargo Police Department conducted a survey of the public through the use of an online survey provider and a paper survey sheet distributed at the police department's service window.
The scales of justice have long symbolized the balance between truth and fairness within the modern-day judicial system.
In July at a regular city commission meeting, the West Fargo City Commission approved Ordinance 10-15 Taxicabs, an ordinance to regulate the business of transportation for hire. The purpose of the ordinance is to ensure established public safety standards relating to the transportation of passengers are met. The ordinance requires any individual or company wishing to operate a taxicab in West Fargo to be licensed through the city.
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.