Thieves are taking advantage of the popularity of online shopping by stealing packages at the point of delivery. Some thieves are even believed to be following delivery trucks as they...
Vern and Casey Baardson of West Fargo have served as police chaplains for the West Fargo Police Department since March 2007. As police chaplains, their primary responsibility is to provide counseling or emotional support to members of the department, their families and members of the public. They serve as volunteer members of the department and are required to comply with the volunteers policy and other applicable policies of the department.
In many states, dialing "211" provides individuals and families in need with a shortcut through what may be a bewildering maze of health and human service agencies' phone numbers. By simply dialing 211, those in need of assistance are referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations. The local nonprofit organization FirstLink serves as the 211 Helpline answering point for all of North Dakota and Clay County in Minnesota.
The West Fargo Police Department has partnered with the Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America to sponsor a Law Enforcement Exploring Post for young adults ages 14 to 21. The post is operating in its second year and is made up of 15 participants. There are six adult advisers, four of whom are current members of the police department staff and two are volunteers. The department is using the program to build relationships with young people in the community and to introduce them in the profession of law enforcement.
The City of West Fargo adopted new regulations relating to the possession and discharge of fireworks within the city. It is now permissible for any individual who is at least 12 years of age to use, explode or possess any retail fireworks within the limits of the City of West Fargo, starting at 8 a.m. July 4 until 11:59 p.m. July 4, and on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Jan. 1. The individual use, explosion, or possession of fireworks at any other time during the year is prohibited. A person is restricted as to their own property or to property where they have permission to be.
The financial exploitation of persons 60 years of age and older has risen significantly in the past few years. The Federal Trade Commission reported fraud complaints rose 47 percent between 2012 and 2014 for this age group. Additional information on how to prevent fraud or on how to report suspected fraud can be found on the Federal Trade Commission web site at https://www.ftc.gov/ . The November 2015 Consumer Reports magazine provides an excellent article on a variety of scams currently being used.
The West Fargo Police Department will be making a change to the normal information shared through our partnership with the staff of the West Fargo Pioneer. On a monthly basis the department will provide a recap of activities occurring in West Fargo during the previous month. Included will be crime statistics, special events and news from within the department. The construction of the new Police Department and City Commission chambers has reached 95 percent completion.
In speaking with the public, the topic of the need for more traffic enforcement often enters the conversation. People report drivers speeding in their neighborhood or failing to stop at...
A recent question posed by an outdoor enthusiast generated this week’s topic on when a driver is required to yield to a pedestrian attempting to cross a roadway. A simple...
With the end of summer, the West Fargo Police Department has begun to receive complaints relating to parking within residential areas. Boats, campers and other summertime-related equipment brought into the community and parked can be deemed to be in violation. While short-term parking is permitted under certain conditions, allowing an item to remain beyond the limits may result in a parking citation and impound.