May 26, 2016

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When we are hiring we list all job announcements on our website, as well as, with the local newspaper and Job Service of ND. Qualifications and information for employment with the West Fargo Police Department is listed on their website.

For further questions regarding law enforcement employment, please contact Officer Randy Burkhartsmeier at 701-433-5500.

You may pay for a parking ticket issued by a police officer in West Fargo by either coming to the West Fargo Police Department and pay the ticket in person during business hours.

The police department is located at 800 4th Avenue East. Or mailing the payment in to the Police Department at : West Fargo Police Department, 800 4th Avenue East, Ste 2, West Fargo ND 58078. The payment can be made in cash, check or money order form.

The Cass County Jail operates 24 hours a day. It is located at 450 34th Street South in Fargo. You can contact the jail at or by calling 701-241-5799.

If the person is arrested by a West Fargo police officer and you want to post bail, please contact the West Fargo Police Department at 701-433-5500, any time of the day or night for further instructions.

A person who receives a traffic ticket may contest it by going to the court he/she is cited to appear at (court is listed on the citation) and posting bail (paying the amount of the citation). After the person has posted bail, the court clerk will assign a court date. On the specified date, the person will be able to plead his/her case before a judge and question the officer. If the judge rules in the person's favor, the bail he/she posted will be refunded.

For further information you can contact the West Fargo Municipal Clerk of Court at 701-433-5516.

The West Fargo Police Department currently uses MTW Towing as its towing agent. Their phone number is 701-281-9637. All inquiries regarding the impounded vehicle should be referred to them.

You can contact the Police Department at 701-433-5500 and give the license plate information to our police clerk, who will look up the plate for you. They will be able to tell you if the vehicle has been towed or if someone has reported it stolen. If it has been towed, they will give you the phone number to our tow truck agent.

Yes. Not only is it required by the city of West Fargo, it is also a great way to find your bicycle in case it is stolen. Bicycle license can be obtained at the West Fargo Police Department. The cost of a bike license is $1.00 and needs to be done only one time per bike.

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West Fargo Police Department

Michael D Reitan serves as the Chief of Police for the West Fargo Police Department.

Phone Number:  (701) 433-5500
Emergency Phone Number:  911
Fax Number:  (701) 433-5508
Address:  800 4th Avenue East, Suite 2, West Fargo, ND 58078

About the West Fargo Police Department

The West Fargo Police Department has grown from three officers and two squad cars in 1968 to a current team of 58 hard-working members. The department has helped the population of West Fargo grow from 5,000 citizens to approximately 33,000.

Employees of the West Fargo Police Department pride themselves on ethical and professional principles. The department is proud of what they do and whom they serve.

Mission Statement

The mission of the West Fargo Police Department is to protect life and property, and enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens. To accomplish this mission, we will utilize organizational and problem-solving strategies and develop police-community partnerships to address the causes of crime and social disorder.




Police News

May 18 Wed
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued the public service announcement "Sextortion Affecting Thousands of U.S. Children." This release is designed for parents, educators, caregivers, and children and warns about the dangers of sextortion. It further explains the threat of sextortion, outlines measures adults can take to help educate and prevent children from becoming victims of sextortion, and provides resources for victims.
May 11 Wed
On May 11, 2016 at approximately 0113 hours a West Fargo Police Officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was driving erratically driving in both of the westbound lanes around the 100 block of 13th Avenue West. The vehicle then turned left on Sheyenne Street and travelled south.
May 11 Wed
AAA: FATAL ROAD CRASHES INVOLVING MARIJUANA DOUBLE AFTER STATE LEGALIZES DRUG New AAA Foundation Research Also Shows that ‘Legal Limits’ for ‘Marijuana and Driving’ are Meaningless (May 10, 2016) – Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. New research also shows that legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free and others being wrongfully convicted for impaired driving.

Police Announcements

May 23 Mon
Officials from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and City of West Fargo will discuss current phase work for the 2016 Main Avenue Reconstruction project as well as upcoming traffic impacts and construction progress.
May 17 Tue
WEST FARGO, N.D. (May 17, 2016) – Concrete has gained its design strength at 9th Street NW (County Road 19) and the intersection at Main Avenue will re-open to traffic. On the east side of the work zone, crews will continue the paving operation in the north side lanes, requiring intersection access to change on that side.
May 06 Fri
WEST FARGO MAIN AVENUE: 9TH STREET INTERSECTION CLOSURE COMING MONDAY. Temporary closure expected to last 12 days, weather permitting.

Police Articles

May 18 Wed
To provide a comparison to the previous month, a number appearing in [brackets] will indicate the number of incidents reported in the previous month’s article.
May 13 Fri
The documentary, "Faded," was screened at a public forum Tuesday evening at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. The screening, which was part of a larger event to discuss the issue of fentanyl and other addictions in the area, was followed by a panel discussion with representatives from health services, schools, Altru Health System and the North Dakota courts.
May 12 Thu
As public discussion highlights a serious problem with heroin, fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl use in our community the question that is posed to law enforcement is what we are going to do about it. The emphasis within the question needs to be placed squarely on the ‘we’. For a solution to be found we, the community, most be involved at all levels. Law enforcement, the schools, and the service providers can continue to pursue their missions of drug prevention but the most important influence in preventing the spread of addiction remains within the family. To assist in having that talk with your family members you can find assistance at the web site Parents Lead,