April 24, 2014


Officer Travis Johnson, Advisor
Officer Ryan O'Donnell, Assistant Advisor
Officer Patrick Hanson, Assistant Advisor

West Fargo Police Department
800 4 Ave E, Suite 2
West Fargo, ND 58078
(701) 433-5500



  • Sophomores to Seniors (at WFHS)
  • Respectable Driving Record
  • Clear Criminal Record
  • Maintain Acceptable Academic Standards
  • Mature and Responsible
  • Self-disciplined and Dedicated


The West Fargo Police Department Youth Academy is accepting applications!  Print and fill out this application (pdf)

Please contact Officer Johnson at (701) 433-5500 for more information!


Youth Academy

West Fargo Police Department Youth Academy is a program designed to increase the understanding between students and the police through hands on training.

In addition to specialized classroom training, students are exposed to patrol duties with Police Department Officers. Students will participate in a wide range of training from classroom to actual scenario training.

Youth Academy participants are not actually trained for police work. Participants will have a better understanding of the West Fargo Police Department operations and the day to day responsibilities and duties that officers are tasked with on a regular basis.

Through your participation in the Youth Academy program, you will have greater understanding of the West Fargo Police Department and you will be promoting community awareness which in itself is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime. 

 Course Content

  • Traffic Stops
  • Fingerprinting
  • Investigations
  • DUI Enforcement
  • Domestic Violence
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Use of Force
  • SWAT
  • CPR Participation
  • Firearms Training
  • Criminal Prevention
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Ride-Alongs
  • Fire Department Tour
  • Registered Offenders
  • Juvenile Detention Tour
  • Graduation


DateSorted By Date In Ascending Order Topic
10/7/2012 Welcome Night/Police Department Tour
10/14/2012 Agility Course / Intro to Policing / Ride Along Certification
11/4/2012 Dispatch Tour / Firearms Safety / Deadly Force
11/18/2012 Arrest Procedure / Defensive Tactics
12/1/2012 Range Night/FATS
12/9/2012 Fire Department Tour
1/6/2013 Christmas Party / Fun Night / Scenario Night
1/27/2013 Jail Tour / Narcotics
2/10/2013 Domestic Violence
2/24/2013 SWAT / Negotiations / Bomb Squad
3/10/2013 DUI / FM Ambulance Tour
3/25/2013 Investigations / Crime Scene Processing (MONDAY)
4/7/2013 Career Night (Trooper, Sheriff, Feds)
4/21/2013 Intro to Traffic Stops / Pursuits
4/28/2013 Traffic Stop Practicals
5/19/2013 Graduation
Classes are held on Sunday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm unless otherwise indicated