About the Fargo Police Department
The Fargo Police Department is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the state of North Dakota. The Fargo Police Department is authorized to have 185 sworn police officers and 22 civilian staff.
Sworn police officers patrol 49.74 square miles, serving 124,662 (2019) citizens. Officers responded to 77,477 calls for service in 2020, averaging 212 calls for service a day.
The Fargo Police Department provides the community with a wide range of basic, complex and emergency policing services, which includes investigating and resolving crime, enforcing the city’s traffic regulations, responding to calls-for-service received from the public and mitigating public-safety concerns coming to our attention.
The Fargo Police Department is divided into three operational divisions, each of which is commanded by a Captain:
The Neighborhood Services Division consists of the four patrol shifts, Truck Regulatory Officer, Municipal Court Bailiff, Airport Officers, School Resource Officers, Community Engagement Team, and Community Service Officers. The City of Fargo is divided into two districts. Each district is further divided into patrol beats where the officers assigned in each area are supervised by a police sergeant. A Lieutenant is designated as Shift Commander who is responsible for police operations during their shift.
The Criminal Investigations Division consists of the Investigations Unit which includes the Adult Violent Crimes Unit, Property Crimes Unit, Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Unit, and Evidence and Property Unit; and the Narcotics and Intelligence Unit which includes the Narcotics Unit, Street Crimes Unit and Intelligence and Analysis Unit.
The Professional Standards Division consists of the Professional Accountability Unit, Training and Development Unit, Quartermaster, and the Police Support Specialists.
The department utilizes processes known as “Intelligence Led Policing”. These processes facilitate the use of data and intelligence information to assess when and where department resources are deployed, thus making the most effective and efficient use of those resources.