WEST FARGO – West Fargo Police have a plan to address the current shortage of police candidates while providing students with a way to get hands-on training for a future in law enforcement.
Police Chief Dennis Otterness announced last week that the ministry is launching a new Community Services Officer position that will employ students enrolled in a law enforcement or criminal justice program.
“Much like other industries, the law enforcement profession is experiencing a shortage of qualified candidates for our positions,” said Otterness.
The West Fargo Police Department has a long history of Community Service Officers who were full time officers who handled calls such as animal control, bicycle calls, unlocking doors and other similar service duties. community.
The new positions will be part-time and temporary and will be responsible for enforcing parking and animal ordinances, assisting sworn and civilian personnel with records and reporting duties, and responding to vehicle unlocks and inquiries. lost bike calls. This post will also help the Community outreach programs and services unit at community engagement events.
“Our goal is to give these students a real world experience as a member of the West Fargo Police Department so that they can achieve their career goals, whether with the West Fargo Police Department or any other. body, ”said Otterness.
The West Fargo Police Department currently has 67 officer positions and 13 civilian employees. In 2020, West Fargo agents responded to more than 30,100 service calls. While the only community service worker, Annie Burthold, answered 1,037 calls. Of those calls, she handled 443 parking complaints and 295 animal calls. She also helped unlock 87 vehicles as well as accidents, lost and found, missing persons and public assistance.
For anyone interested in applying for the new part-time positions, visit westfargond.gov.
The closing date for the first position is Friday June 18.