May 30, 2016

Department Information

About the West Fargo Police Department

Chief Michael D. Reitan leads the 46 sworn police officers, 5 police clerks, 5 support staff, and 7 volunteers within the police department. 


Officers are licensed by the State of North Dakota and have received many hours of training before being hired.  After an officer is hired, they spend 14 weeks with a Field Training Officer (FTO) where they learn and are tested in their knowledge and abilities as an officer. 

The police clerks are responsible for much of the day to day communications and records within the police department.  They staff the front window from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm. 

The West Fargo Police Department History

The beginning of law enforcement protection for West Fargo began on February 15, 1937 when Andrew Walburg became the first constable. Walburg worked part time and was later replaced by Cliff Berlin who served as a part time constable.  read more

Employee and Department Awards

Employees of the West Fargo Police Department are frequently awarded for their excellent service. The West Fargo Area Chamber of Commerce has given an annual award to police employees since 1998. Other organizations have equally supported and recognized employees.  read more

The City of West Fargo Community Overview

West Fargo, North Dakota, has an estimated population of 33,000. West Fargo has a warm, friendly, small town atmosphere, complemented by metropolitan area advantages.  read more

Police Department Annual Report

Each year, the West Fargo Police Department provides a report to the Mayor and City Commission.  This report contains statistics and other notable description of the activities and accomplishments of the past year.  read more