The Patrol Division is under the command of Lieutenant Jennifer Olson. There are three sergeants, thirteen deputies, and K9 Baxi assigned to this division. One deputy is assigned as a School Resource Officer who splits their time between Dakota Elementary School, North Plains Elementary School, Memorial Middle School, and Bell Elementary School.
Duties & Responsibilities
The patrol division responds to calls for service, investigates traffic accidents, enforces traffic laws, processes crime scenes, transports prisoners, serves warrants, provides crime prevention, conducts extra patrols, and helps with extraditions, civil papers, and subpoena services. Patrol Deputies also work overtime opportunities through the North Dakota Department of Transportation, including click-it or ticket, speed enforcement, impaired driving enforcement, and underage drinking enforcement.
Community relations are important to the Ward County Sheriff’s Department so you may see us volunteering at events like Special Olympics tip-a-cop, the polar plunge, shop with a cop, mugs and hugs, national night out, coffee with a cop, community car seat check-ups, or bike safety events. Deputies from all divisions can be assigned to work special detail events throughout the year. These events include the North Dakota State Fair, Norsk Hostfest, Nodak Speedway Races, wedding dances, concerts, street dances, rodeos, and derbies.
The patrol division provides extra patrol for residents who intend to be away from their residence for an extended period of time. These extra patrols can also be conducted for any business or residence where criminal activity is prominent. If you would like extra patrol, please fill out the vacation watch form and return to the Ward County Sheriff’s Department.