September 28, 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

Sep 21 Wed
On 9/21/16 at approximately 10:00 AM the West Fargo Police were called to a burglary in process at 104 36th Avenue Place East. The home owner said they saw a man run out of the shed that is on their property. Officers arrived on scene quickly and set up a perimeter around the shed. A West Fargo K9 unit was called to track the suspect. The K9 tracked and found the suspect in the long grass next to the Sheyenne river that is located along the home owner’s property line. The K9 bit the suspect before he was taken into custody by officers. The suspect was identified as 42 year old Kenneth Morris, who has no known address. Morris was taken to the hospital to be seen for minor injuries on his arm. He was then taken to jail and booked in for Burglary.
Sep 18 Sun
On 9/17/16 at 10:59 P.M. West Fargo Police Officers were dispatched to an Assault that took place inside Pub West, 3140 Bluestem Dr., with a male knocked unconscious. The victim was responsive when Officers arrived on scene, with severe lacerations on the back of his head. He was transported to the Essentia Health Emergency Room and later released after treatment. The suspect was quickly identified as 27 year old Matthew James Setter of Fargo, who had left the scene and was located a short time later at his residence. Setter was arrested for Aggravated Assault and booked into Cass County Jail.
Sep 16 Fri
On September 7th and 8th the Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Chuck Rosenberg was in the community to speak to the public and to law enforcement personnel on the issues of opioids and addiction.

Police Announcements

Sep 23 Fri
FARGO, N.D. (September 23, 2016) – The mayors of Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Dilworth will announce broad efforts to address substance abuse and the creation of the Mayors’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction at a news conference at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 26, at West Fargo City Hall, 800 4th Avenue East.
Sep 23 Fri
The public is invited to participate in this short survey.
Sep 12 Mon
The September Coffee with a Cop will be held Thursday September 15 at 2:30, at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo.

Police Articles

Sep 08 Thu
In a recent evening news broadcast a person was featured in a story reporting having been approached by a male while shopping in a local store. The person had contacted the media outlet to report a male who had followed the person around the store and made the person feel uncomfortable. A second story appeared in the news a couple days later. Same scenario, a person contacted the media to report a male who had followed the person around the store and made the person feel uncomfortable. This time the male allegedly touched the arm of the person. Both news stories ended the same way with the statement that neither victim contacted law enforcement about the incidents. By not reporting the incidents to law enforcement an opportunity was lost where an investigation may have identified the responsible male and stopped future incidents.
Sep 02 Fri
On November 8th you will be asked to vote on Initiated Statutory Measure No. 5, the “North Dakota Compassionate Care Act” relating to medical marijuana. A copy of the measure can be found the ND Secretary of State web site.
Aug 25 Thu
Addiction has a tremendous impact upon the life of a person and impedes upon their normal daily activities. The addiction may present a significant threat to a person’s physical and emotional health. Like many illnesses, addiction also impacts those who are somehow connected to the person. Family members and friends are quickly identified as someone who may be affected by a person’s addiction. The illness of addiction goes well beyond these close connections.