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During the Monday, April 17, 2023, City Commission meeting, Chief Denis Otterness presented the West Fargo Police Department’s 2022 Annual Report. The report, which covers the department’s accomplishments, vital statistics and state of the department from the past year, displays the continued success in meeting the needs of the community.
In 2022 there was a 10.7% decrease in overall crime compared to 2021 with a 7% decrease in both Crimes Against Persons and Property Crimes. With over 29,000 calls for service, the department continues to see a decrease in overall crime as the city, and demand for law enforcement, continues to grow.
“The continued decrease in crime rates would not be possible without the strong relationships between the community and our police department,” said Chief Denis Otterness. “We are continuing to evolve to meet the changing needs of our residents.”
The West Fargo Police Department saw a 24% increase in Mental Health and Public Assist calls for service which aligns with concerns of law enforcement agencies regionally and across the nation.
The department continues to implement new programs to assist our officers, residents and business community. These programs include the addition of the first comfort dog and School Resource Officer pairing in the state, enhanced cardiac screening program, and a public transparency dashboard.
The department dedicates the 2022 Annual Report to the memory of K-9 ToSti. K-9 ToSti passed away unexpectedly on October 22, 2022, while off duty. K-9 ToSti was a loyal companion and dedicated his life to ensure the safety of his handler, fellow officers and the residents of West Fargo.
The West Fargo Police Department’s 2022 Annual Report can be viewed online.