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A Child Is Missing

A Child is Missing is a Fort Lauderdale-based non-profit organization founded in 1997, it was created because no community-based program existed for locating missing children, the disabled and elderly often (with Alzheimer's) during the crucial first hours of disappearance.

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 50 hard-working members. The department has helped the population of West Fargo grow from 5,000 citizens to approximately 30,000.

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.

The West Fargo Police Department's Mission is to provide quality service to residents and guests of West Fargo, ensuring a safe community by protecting their constitutional rights in the most professional manner possible.

Police News

Jan 22 Thu
On 1-22-15 at 3:34 AM a West Fargo Officer was checking on a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of 6 Street NW in West Fargo. The Officer asked for identification from both driver and passenger of the vehicle, both claimed not to have any identification on them. The officer then took down their names and dates of birth. He was going to call dispatch and check for driver’s license status and warrants on the individuals when the driver all of sudden drove off at a high rate of speed.
Jan 22 Thu
On 1-21-15 at 11:06 PM a West Fargo Officer was flagged down by an individual identified as Jonathan Franz, in the 200 block of Sheyenne Street. Franz stated that there was a vehicle that had just struck his vehicle head on.
Jan 22 Thu
On 1-22-15 at 3:34 AM a West Fargo Officer was checking on a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of 6 Street NW in West Fargo.

Police Announcements

Jan 15 Thu
Spring 2015 WF Citizens Police Acadmey is now accepting applications This session will run from February 27-May 7th, Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 pm. Any questions can be directed to Officer Rhonda Jorgensen
Dec 23 Tue
The Red River Regional Dispatch Center is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director.
Aug 06 Wed
The City is repealing the watering ban effective at noon on Thursday August 7, 2014.

Police Articles

Jan 13 Tue
While preparing for the 2014 Year in Review it was noted seven new officers were added during 2014. Three of the officers were hired based on the approval of the City Commission. Four others were hired to replace a retired employee; two officers who relocated to be closer to family; and one officer who resigned. Just as impressive is the number of employees who have been with the department for an extended period of years.
Jan 07 Wed
Considerable discussion has taken place following the death of an area police officer by suicide in March of 2014. Personal pressures from a discipline issue the officer faced at work have been cited by the family as a contributing factor. A potential loss of status as a respected law enforcement officer in the community may also have played a role. What actually caused the officer to make the fatal decision are answers we will never know.
Dec 29 Mon
The West Fargo Police Department has under gone a year of change during 2014. Arland Rasmussen retired on June 21st after having served as Chief of Police since January 9, 1995. Rasmussen had replaced long term Chief of Police Ken Hansen who retired due to medical reasons. Rasmussen’s replacement is Mike Reitan who was hired by Hansen in April of 1987. This past November, Rasmussen was elected to serve his first term as a Cass County Commissioner.